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News 12 at 6 o'clock / Thursday, May 30, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The first surprise for new parents Colleen and Lance Herr came when they found out they were having twins. The second surprise came when their baby boys were born far too early.
One baby was given just 24 hours to live, and his brother's odds weren't much better.
"Everything looked great, I was right on target, the only complication was that I was pregnant with identical twins and they shared a placenta," Colleen said.
But things took a turn when she went for a regular checkup at 26 weeks.
"The doctor looked at us and said, you're in labor at 26 weeks. Three centimeters dilated," Lance said.
"I just remember this really strong feeling coming over me and looking at her and saying, Dr. Tai, they're going to die if you take them right now, they're going to die," Colleen said.
They put Colleen on an ambulance and took her from Eisenhower at Fort Gordon to the Georgia Children's Hospital.
"I just had this really calm feeling that everything was going to be OK," Colleen said.
A couple of days later, Colleen had a C-section.
"I remember looking at the anesthesiologist and he just saying, they're here! And I said, no they're not! Because there's no crying! And he said, no, they're so small that you can't hear it," Colleen said.
They told her that Ken probably was not going to make it, and that Ben was doing OK, but of course, there were some complications.
"Ken ended up being on a ventilator, had seven blood transfusions, bleeding on the brain, a hole in his heart, he had bleeding in his lungs, he couldn't make red or white blood cells, he had a blood infection, urine infection, everything that could go wrong with him went wrong with him," Colleen said.
"It was kind of like the world was moving so fast around you, but you're just kind of moving in slow motion," she said.
With the help of the Children's Hospital of Georgia, the boys have come a long way. They both almost weigh 17 pounds and are 8 months old.
"You can have the worst day ever, horrible day, be stomped on, chewed out, whatever, and you know, seeing them smile is awesome," Lance said.
"This is where we were supposed to be to deliver those babies. If we had've been anywhere else, I don't feel like they would have made it," Colleen said.
Ken and Ben were in the hospital three months total and were released right around what would have been their due date.
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