Family Of Twins Born At 22 Weeks Said Leaving Hospital After 5 Months Was ‘Really Emotional’

Twins are born every three in 100 births, according to Stanford Medicine Children’s Health. According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, the rate of twin births has increased by 70% since 1980, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. One UK family had twins born very early. Harley and Harry Crane were born at 22 weeks and 5 days. Because doctors believed only one of the twins would survive, the family and babies were placed in a bereavement suite. When the twins were born, they weighed less than two pounds each.

It had taken Steve and Jade Crane a very long time to have a baby. The couple had been trying to conceive for 11 years. A total of nearly $60,000 was spent on fertility treatments by the couple after they attempted many rounds of IVF. 

Harry spent a total of five months in the hospital. Harley spent 140 days in the hospital. Between them, the twins underwent six operations and 25 blood transfusions. Parents were warned by the doctors that their children would face many challenges in the future. It was also believed that the twins would face developmental challenges and would need oxygen for a long time to come. 

Everyone was overjoyed when the twins left the hospital. Despite doctors’ doubts, the parents said their twins were nothing short of strong. Jade and Steve are thrilled to be leaving the hospital and starting their family. 

According to a BBC interview, leaving the hospital shocked all hospital staff and doctors, but the twins wouldn’t be leaving without their outstanding care. It is hard for me to say goodbye to the absolutely stunning doctors, nurses, and surgeons who have all been part of this moment. I hope I never see them again.” Steve said. 

Family members shared that they have been waiting for a very long time to leave the hospital. While leaving the hospital was a happy day, it was also an emotional one. We have waited 140 days for this. It is really emotional to leave the team but happy to be going home,” Jade said. As she continued, “I can’t wait to get them home and start our lives together.”

Family members shared they weren’t sure if this day would come. “We didn’t think we’d be here 140 days ago,” said the husband, “it’s been such a long, treacherous journey.” 

Neonatologist Dr. Chantelle Thompson said it was bitter-sweet to watch the Crane family leave the hospital. It’s never assumed that anyone who requires our high-level intensive care and who spends time with us is going home; therefore, we’re delighted that the Crane twins (and their families) are going home,” Thompson said.

It was amazing to see both twins packed away in their car seats as they left. “Seeing them together and walking out that door is just so affirming.”

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