We spoke with Ngozi Avah, who at only 25-weeks pregnant with twins was rushed to Staten Island University Hospital with complications. Now, she is participating in the Northwell Health Walk to support the creation of the Gruppuso Family Women and Newborn Center.
Tell us about your experience at Staten Island University Hospital.
One night I was experiencing severe pains and bleeding. My husband arrived home from work on the morning of September 16, saw me in pain, and rushed me to the emergency department. I was 25-weeks pregnant with twins. I underwent several tests and found out my water broke for one of the babies. After some discussion with the doctors, the consensus was to try and hold off a little bit longer, but complications grew worse. Four days later, I was rushed to the hospital once again, but this time for an emergency C-section. After already having two healthy twin boys just three years ago, I never expected something like this to happen. On September 20, 2018, I gave birth to two beautiful girls, Daniella weighing 2lbs 1oz. and Emmanuella weighing 1lb. 11oz.
How is your family doing now?
It was a long and rocky road, but we never gave up hope. Our prayers were answered and by Christmas morning our babies were home. Both are healthy and only needing to take vitamins. Their brothers are thrilled to have them home now. When they come home from daycare, they rush to sit on the couch, just so they can hold them. They light up with joy saying “my little sisters.”