Young Mom Of 1 Expecting Twins Becomes A Medical Miracle
LifeAspire Staff 8/10/2017
A young family from Brazil was thrilled to discover that mom Frankielen da Silva Zampoli Padilha, 21, was expecting twins. The double blessings would be joining their two-year-old sister Isa Beatriz to become a family of five.
But one day not too far into the pregnancy, the family's excitement turned to tragedy. Their loved ones and friends couldn't believe what happened.
Frankielen was nine weeks along with the twins when she began experiencing debilitating sharp, piercing pains in her head and neck. She called her husband and asked him to take her to the hospital because she was in so much pain. She was dizzy and vomiting along with suffering from the severe pain.
"She said her head was killing her. I told her to take a tablet. But she said there was a sharp pain at the back of her neck and it was so strong she felt she was going to collapse."
So Muriel headed home to pick up his longtime love, but en route to the hospital, Frankielen lost consciousness. She had told him just before she collapsed to be prepared, because she wouldn't be leaving the hospital. What did she foresee?
Doctors determined that she had experienced severe bleeding in her brain, a cerebral hemorrhage, followed by a stroke. She was left brain dead.
Doctors at Nosso Senhora do Rocio Hospital advised Frankielen's husband Muriel that the twins likely would not survive either. The trauma young Frankielen's body had endured during the stroke likely would be just too much for the twins to tolerate.
Eventually, the babies' hearts would stop beating, probably within three days. So Muriel decided that when that day came, he would take his wife off life support, then say goodbye to all three.
But, that never happened. The babies shocked everyone. Their little hearts kept beating for a few hours, then a few days, then weeks, then months.
The twins kept growing, kept reaching fetal milestones, all while their mom lay comatose, kept alive only by machines. But she was alive and fighting for her babies. Dr. Dalton Rivabem, head of the neurological intensive care unit where Frankielen was receiving treatment, said everyone was surprised by the babies and the miracle unfolding before them.
"Frankielen's organs were all intact and working as if she was still with us ... every day we watched them (babies) grow normally."
Family members and hospital staff decorated Frankielen's room trying to make it as cheerful as they could, considering the situation. They played music for the babies and caregivers, including doctors, sang regularly to them.
The babies remained in Frankielen for 123 days when doctors decided they were finally able to be delivered by cesarean section. Supposedly this is the longest length of time in medical history that a mom has remained on life support in order to keep a fetus (or two) alive.
It was a day of mixed emotions. Joy and anticipation at finally meeting the babies. Sorrow and grief at knowing they'd all be saying goodbye again to Frankielen.
While the babies arrived healthy, they were premature and spent three months in the neonatal intensive care unit. Ana Vitoria weighed three pounds and her twin brother Asaph weighed 2.8 pounds.
Eventually, they were discharged and went home with their dad and maternal grandmother, Angela Silva. Angela commended her daughter for staying strong for her babies.
"I'm so proud of my daughter. It's been hard losing her but she was a warrior right until the end, protecting her beautiful children and giving them life until the day she finally died."
Muriel is heartbroken over the loss of his wife, but said he has seen her, particularly during his darkest days. He knows he has to be strong for their children.
"Frankielen has appeared to me on many occasions especially when I was despairing and crying out for God to bring her back to me.
One night she sat on my bed and said, 'Baby I can't come back to you anymore. I must stay. I am in a beautiful place now. You've got a big mission still to complete. You have to look after our children and you have to be strong and move on and live your life.'
Frankielen was a generous and loving person. I believe God chose her for this purpose so a miracle could happen."
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Even Dr. Rivabem said that the success of this medical miracle boils down to the team of doctors and caregivers, as well as a "divine purpose." He said that he and others in the delivery room cried when the babies arrived.
People from not just Brazil but around the world have been sending Muriel and the babies clothes, diapers and other donations.