Family First: Stinksi Family

By: Sarah Carlson
By: Sarah Carlson

Today we introduce you to a family whose first baby came with a tremendous amount of joy... after a painful shock.

" Everything that happened to us happened between thanksgiving and Christmas. "

Sara and Aaron Stinksi are the proud parents of two... Annabelle, now four, and Nicholas, five months. They got pregnant for the first time back in 2004. Things were going well until her 20 week ultrasound found a major problem.

"They got our doctor on the phone and she explained that we were carrying twins and that one of them was dead already."

" It doesn't matter that you didn't know you had a twin. It was still a baby. That you lost. So that was a really hard night. You go home and you cry, a lot."

And in Sara and Aaron's case ... it didn't end there. Sara had "Trap sequence" ..where one twin is born without a heart and the other pumps for both of them through the umbilical cord!

"The baby that died was almost like a tumor. It kept growing, doubling how big she was."

It only happens to identical twins. And before she knew it, Sara was having surgery.

"Within two weeks we were on a plane, we'd gotten insurance pre-approval , we were in North Carolina and we had crazy science fiction surgery."

You can even see in this picture... the scar from the hole doctors used to perform surgery in utero. The rest of Sara's pregnancy was spent on bed rest and doctors said she'd be lucky to get to week 32 out of 40.

"The biggest risk these kids have is pre-term delivery and that's where march of dimes comes in for me because all the stuff they do and they work for to make sure babies are born healthy... those were all the risks we were facing."

Instead little Annabelle was born at 38 weeks, full term and healthy!

"The nice thing about our situation is they were identical twins. So I will always know what my other baby would have looked like, what she would have sounded like... I will always have that at least."

She delivered Annabelle and four minutes later, Rosemary, named for "remembrance" ... who she knew had not survived. To help families like the Stinksi's please walk with us! Research is exactly what needs to be done to save babies like theirs in the future. March of Dimes March for Babies is coming up Saturday May 2nd. It's at 9:30 and we need your support!

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