The Dallas clinic where they went for the abortion had concerns that her scar from previous cesarean sections might tear and sent her to Medical City for a consultation about the scar tissue. During that visit, a doctor unexpectedly told the parents that there was hope for their unborn boys, Jenni Ezell said.
"I could not contain my joy," said Ezell, who added that since they weren't even looking for a second opinion, she felt that through the whole process God was leading them to "exactly where we needed to be."
The boys weighed a combined 11 pounds, 15 ounces at birth. Hospital officials say the twins had grown to more than 16 pounds when the surgery was done.
Schwendeman said he doesn't know yet when they might be able to leave the hospital. The boys are still connected to breathing machines and must heal from the surgery, he said.
Also, he said, they'll face at least one or two more surgeries in the future for the openings below their chests, which are currently covered with a mesh as doctors try to promote skin growth.
In the meantime, Ezell is already planning their first birthday party and getting excited about the boys' brothers — a 7 year old and 16 month old — seeing them now that they're separated.
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