Family homecoming for twins after 98 days in ‘preemie land’

  • Article by: MAURA LERNER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 22, 2012 - 11:55 AM

For Sara and Nick Windschitl, the birth of premature twins was the start of a remarkable journey.

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jlmhilNov. 21, 12 9:33 PM

Congrats on the homecoming! I delivered my twins nearly 2 years ago at 29 weeks and they had a 43 day stay at Children's and Abbott. It's a long road, but those two precious little ones have already cleared many hurdles. Prematurity affects you in ways you never expect. Enjoy your "take home babies" and Happy Thanksgiving!

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rubybird74Nov. 21, 1210:40 PM

What beautiful babies! Congratulations and Happy Thanksgiving!

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HUNTINGNov. 21, 1210:56 PM

Congratulations and happy thanksgiving. I am also a Windschitl and seen your names and was happy to see everything was good.

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bfosssNov. 22, 1212:04 AM

Brings tears to my eyes because my wife and I have lived the experience. Our twins were delivered at 31 weeks. We too had our share of ups and downs in the NICU. I kept a daily diary of the good, the bad, and the ugly, from kids not wanting to breath, not eating, not pooping, to IV's in the head and crappy nurses without any compassion, and of course large poops, meaning the kids were eating and gaining weight and hopefully coming home soon. Coming home is only the beginning. You have many challenges ahead. The biggest problems will be between each other. Fix them first (million $ advice) and the rest will fall into place.

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bono4233Nov. 22, 1212:14 AM

Congratulations...I'm a 50-year-old twin who spent 10 weeks in the hospital as a preemie. I was 2 pounds 11 ounces and my brother 3 pounds 4 ounces....Am always happy to hear stories such as yours. Best wishes for a wonderful life.

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badgerfan2Nov. 22, 12 1:05 AM

Can't say enough about children's hospital. They saved my twins lives when they had RSV last winter. Living at a hospital sure isn't fun but the nurses and doctors are great both in Minneapolis and St Paul. I'm glad this family has gotten through the worst and hope their children can stay healthy through the winter and beyond.

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jeanm436Nov. 22, 12 7:18 AM

"Remarkable journey" -- how true. I had never been close to a premature baby until our twin grandbabies arrived earlier this year. They were developed just enough to not need the NICU; but spent 2 1/2 weeks in the special care nursery at Abbott. At first it was very nerve-racking to hold a tiny baby with several monitors attached, a feeding tube and an IV (sometimes in the scalp), but quickly got the hang of it and it was absolutely miraculous. On this Thanksgiving day, one of the things we're thankful for is the medical technology and personnel who helped bring these 2 dear ones into the safely into the world. They are now 9 months old and you'd never know that they started out so fragile. Yes, a remarkable journey for these 2 also.

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maryjfb73Nov. 22, 12 8:20 AM

"People who don't have preemies probably never think about prematurity ... and people who do never STOP." ------Well, you don't forget, but it gets better as the kids get older. This story brings back memories. Our twins were preemies also and the whole thing - IVs being in different locations every time you come back to the NICU, including in the head, desperately wanting to hold them, but can't or only during feeding, NG tubes, pulse-ox monitors going off, the uncertainty of when they'll be able to leave, the feeding test, car seat test, overjoyed about poo and pee, being thrilled about how much they weigh after they eat, amazing nurses and doctors. It's an amazing, remarkable and sometimes scary time to go through. Congratulations and Happy Thanksgiving. Our twin girls will be 5 in March and they're doing great. I hope you all experience the same joy we have with our twins.

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xcvbnmNov. 22, 12 8:56 AM

We've been praying for the girls every Sunday at church. Fun to see pictures of them.

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kaesewNov. 22, 1211:07 AM

My 15 month old granddaughters were also delivered at Abbott last year. They were born at 26 weeks 1 day. The care they recieved at Childrens was nothing short of amazing. They were never on IV's and came off the ventalator and cpap machines right away. This Thanksgiving is a day we can really celebrate all the babies that were born prematurely.

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