On May 20, 2019, my wife and I were blessed with twins. A baby boy, Qaia Gabriel "Luke" Wasan, and Zaia Auryn "Leia" Wasan. Due to unforeseen circumstances, they were born premature, at 32 weeks. Because of that, they were immediately placed in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Not being able to see, touch or experience them was heartbreaking. It was especially hard for my wife, who wanted to breastfeed them so they get the nutrients from her milk. We were only allowed to see them through the viewing window of the hospital's nursery.
As the days went by, little Leia became stronger, adapting to her new environment faster than her brother. Three weeks into her stay at the NICU, she was ready to be placed in her bassinet. She latched on to her mom for milk, and we were able to take her home a week after.
Her brother on the other hand, is not as strong. The antibodies that his mom passed down to him are preventing his bone marrow from producing his own platelets. His doctor's diagnosis: Thrombocytopenia, Sepsis and Prematurity. Since their birth, Luke had multiple transfusions of platelet concentrates and packed red blood cells, he is given IVIG and atibiotics continuously to help him combat the bacterial infection in his tiny body.
As of today, Luke has been in the NICU for 49 days. He was finally able to latch on to his mom yesterday. Slowly but surely, the twins will grow to be be as healthy as their older siblings. A batchmate of mine (who also has a twin) said it would be better for the twins to hug each other. This will greatly help their development. I wish I could do that for them as soon as possible. I am sure Luke and Leia miss each other as much as we miss our only boy.
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your prayers and support.
Recipient: Isner Woodrow F. Wasan
BPI Account No.: 0189-1013-25