After 2 miscarriages Mychael & Cziarina wished for Gabriel's sibling... God granted their prayer, with a bonus- He gave us not just one, but twins who sadly, were born prematurely (Feb. 28) at 7 months, Raphael and Daniel weighing only 900 grams and 1.3kgs respectively. It was more of a shock than excitement and more of worriness than happiness that we feel because the twins are so little, very fragile and weak. They can't breathe on their own so both of them have respiratory machines, (CPAP) but hours later daniel is still having difficulty in breathing so they intubated him and they used Respiratory Ventilator to help him to breathe but 2 days after Daniel was extubated and he used CPAP machine the same machine that Raphael is using.
Because of prematurity all their organs are not yet fully developed so they told us to expect a lot of complications that they have to go thru. That its normal for premature babies to have an on and off progress that today they will be ok and the next day they are not. As per doctors prognosis, the twins need to stay in the hospital for atleast 3 months depending on their progress so it means 3 long months of agonizing for their parents Cziarina and Mychael.
Both have shallow breathing, desaturation and apnic problems so they badly need the respiratory machine to help them to breathe and to remind them that they need to breathe. They also had high levels of bilirubin so they are treated for neonatal Jaundice thru phototherapy. On their 2nd week Daniel had an eye infection and it goes to his blood so they administered antibiotics on his eyes and thru his IV, 2 days after his twin brother Raphael had an eye infection as well so the same goes to him. Doctors also saw on head scan that Raphael has a Bilateral Intra ventricular hemorrhage level 2, as of now he had 3 scans. They also have feeding intolerance so sometimes their tummy is bloated so if it happens they need to scan their tummies and stop their feeding. There were even instances when the twin's hemoglobin level were so low that they needed blood transfusion.
Right now, 7 weeks of staying in NICU... The bill is now 520,000 DHS, 141,000 USD and 6,000,000 in pesos, although they have insurance the request for shouldering the hospital bill as of this writing, has not been addressed though we are still hoping for the best.
I plead to everyone’s good heart, much as it is against our good sense to bother you, and we knock at your hearts to please help us with our financial worries. For we are at our limited resources in paying the hospital bills.