Heartbreak again and again

Watching Private Practice brought on the tears tonight. Parents of pair of eight-year-old twins with leukemia had to choose which twin would receive cord blood from their newborn son.

We had to make this choice when we had surgery on the twins’ placenta. Not only did we have to face surgery on our babies’ lifesource with me under general anesthesia, but we had to tell the doctor what we wanted him to do if he couldn’t reach what he needed – should he do nothing, which had a 90% chance of losing both twins – or terminate one twin to save the other?

We had about an hour to make the choice. We had less than 72 hours prior knowing our babies were in jeopardy. It’s probably a blessing things weren’t drawn out.

Our choice didn’t matter, since the doctor was able to perform the operation. Our babies survived it. But our weaker twin was gone the next morning. I don’t know if I’ll ever get over it.


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