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FAMILY FIRST: Bedrest Record!

Posted Thursday, April 16, 2009 --- 6:00 p.m.

Today we introduce you to local parents who never expected to break any records.

But they did it even before their twin girls were born.

Jenny and Dan Sandridge were thrilled to find out they were having twins.

But halfway through her pregnancy, Jenny was diagnosed with something called "twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome."

"Both their lives were in jeopardy if we didn't seek treatment"

The vessels crossing between the twins weren't working, so Jenny was rushed to surgery at a hospital in Ohio.

The surgery was extremely successful and Jenny was put on strict bed rest.

"So I assumed I was going to be right here at home, on bedrest but sure enough I started having contractions," Jenny says.

Jenny's daughter Savannah also had heart trouble.

"I knew that we were at the door of death. I wanted to do everything in my, you know, capacity to make sure they are safe."

Doctors and nurses watched over Jenny and the babies 24 hours a day expecting them to be born dangerously early.

But they made it full term with Jenny setting the record for bed rest at St. Mary's, 91 days!

"Really what got me through it was amazing family and friends that I have and staff at St. Mary's. I mean the nursing staff was just incredible."

With the exception of trips to the bathroom and the rare wheelchair ride down the hallway, Jenny stayed put.

An occupational therapist taught her her how to knit and she had *tons* of visitors, including the famous pet therapist, Erik the dog.

"I kept looking at the trees thinking i'm going to see the tree bloom and I'm going to see flowers bloom b/c that was my goal was to get to the spring "

And she did.

On May 15th, 2008, her twin daughters Savannah and Taylor were born healthy only spent a week in the NICU and Savannah's heart is *fine*

Up next for Jenny and Dan... they hope to have more kids... and they have a new love for this time of year.

The simple things in life I definitely have come to appreciate. The birds chirping, the fresh breeze that you feel on your face as you're walking down the street. All of those things we can easily take for granted.

Jenny also made friends with some of the nurses and other moms on bed rest who she still sees regularly today.

To help moms with support and also research to prevent prematurity, please walk with us!

The March of Dimes March for Babies is coming up soon, Saturday May 2nd at 9:30am.


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