Sunday, October 19, 2008

Hospital Consultations

One of the most frequently asked questions would be for us is, "So, when are they going to be separated?" I suppose I would wonder the same thing if I ever saw conjoined twins. At the moment, there really isn't an answer to that question. We have been in Seattle, which also happens to be home for grandmas and grandpas, for the last 2 weeks completing very preliminary testing in exploring this possibility. With the information and discussions that we've been able to have with a team of surgeons there, we realize more fully the great miracle it is for our daughters to be alive and happy and the blessing it is for our family. In theory, we may have the potential for separation within a small window of time to do so, and we also have a better idea of an expected life span if they remain conjoined living with congestive heart disease that will, in time, become heart failure. A decision to have them remain conjoined needs to be weighed as equally heavy as considering separation, something we had not expected to deal with. But we do feel confident that for now, we should continue forward and consider very seriously and prayerfully our options and the choice that needs to be made.

7 comments:

Jason and Vanessa said...

Hi Mandy I just wanted to let you guys know that we will be praying for yall. That the Lord would give you wisdom during this time and you would have complete peace that only comes from Him.

We are dealing with some of the same choices right now so I kinda of know what yall are going through but of course not fully because our babies are not even born yet.

We will keep on praying for Emma, Taylor and your whole family.

One BIG HAPPY Family said...

Your family is constantly on our minds, in our hearts and in our prayers. We are praying for the best outcome for both you and the girls. There will be a doctor who can save both the girls so that they can both lead happy lives. I know it in my heart and have a sense of peace when I think about the two of them and you guys. Come home soon - we miss you. We've returned to our old ward and are loving life. Give the girls hugs and kisses! MUAH!!

One BIG HAPPY Family said...

We will keep you guys in our prayers and in our hearts. I know this is a HARD decision and cannot imagine the amount of stress and anxiety you guys are going through. Bless your hearts and your family. The Lord has a special plan for all of you. We love you!
The Cahan's

Katie J. Layton said...

You are amazing and a wonderful example to me of hope, faith, prayer, and a positive attitude. You are wonderful! We will keep praying for the girls and your family.

Rich and Lacee said...

I have been waiting oh so patiently to hear how your trip to Seattle went. As always, you are in our hearts and our prayers. We'll be tuning in on Wednesday - we can't wait to see the documentary! What beautiful little living miracles!

McVey Family said...

I found your blog on CafeMom.com. Your daughters are amazing! Good luck in whatever you decide to do. Heavenly Father obviously trusted you enough to have you be stewards over these girls, he'll trust you to make the right decision, too!

Anonymous said...

These are two beautiful girls. I will pray for your babies every day, and follow their progress. I know our Lord will bless you for not aborting the life God created. I see your babies as two angels wrapped in baby skin ! Praise The Lord for their sweet faces and happy heart. Fran Gervais. at
lfgerv@verizon.net