Grace Bauer

Meet Grace Bauer

In October, my daughter Ronelle found out she was pregnant with identical twins!  The family was beyond excited.  She was extremely uncomfortable and at 19 weeks her doctor suggested she go see a specialist.  At 21 weeks and 6 days she was able to get in to see the specialist and was diagnosed with a severe case of TTTS –Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome.  TTTS is when blood passes disproportionately from one baby to the other through connecting blood vessels within their shared placenta.  It was causing a fluid overload and heart failure in Twin A and lack of blood and a shutdown of organs in Twin B. Ronelle was scheduled for emergency surgery to release the 23 connections(the most the doctor had ever seen)the very next day; at exactly 22 weeks.  I must mention that, as a rule, the specialist did not perform this type of intense, tedious surgery after 22 weeks.

The morning of surgery, the doctor feeling anxious with the intensity of cutting 23 blood vessels, proposed another option. If he “took” one of the twins, the chance of survival of only one baby was much greater.  The response was, “You’re asking me to choose one of my babies to die?!?”  ABSOLUTELY NOT!!  Shortly after that she was taken back to surgery.  Meanwhile, our family was pacing and praying, trusting God!! After several hours, the surgery was a success!I’m sure the entire hospital could hear the REJOICING!! Later, when Ronelle was settled in recovery I went home.  About an hour later, I received a call that she had gone into labor. There had been an accidental puncture during surgery and amniotic fluid was leaking through it.  The doctor said the next 24 hours were crucial and he gave the twins a 1% chance to live. Gavin “happened” to be at the hospital when this took place. He came by and prayed over her.

I have no words to describe how I felt when I received that devastating call.  I ran into my bedroom, fell to my knees and all I could do is cry out, “JESUS NO!”, over and over again. That night, the puncture moved against a wall in Ronelle’s womb. This sealed the puncture and stopped the leaking for the duration of her pregnancy! Ronelle never left the hospital as there were many other issues and challenges the twins would face. But God!

On April 2, 2016, Ireland Grace (Twin A) and Finley Parker (Twin B) were born!! They are both thriving beautifully and have surpassed all repercussions that were expected from the trauma they experienced. I’m choked up as I tell this story. When I close my eyes I can go right back to that place on my knees calling on Jesus with everything in me! JESUS HEARD MY CRY and I will be forever grateful!

Psalm 102:1 – Hear my prayer, O Lord; let my cry for help come to you.
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