PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It’s been a merry Christmas for one couple who was able to bring their premature babies home for the holidays.
The twins were delivered five weeks premature, in an effort to save their lives after complications arose.
Angela and Todd Clever were overjoyed when they found out they were having not one, but two babies.
“Yes, happy,” Angela Clever said. “I wasn’t surprised. We have another set of twins.”
But joy turned to fear when there was a problem with the tissue inside the womb and the girls were delivered via an emergency caesarian section.
“I had five or six nurses on me at once, doing different things, trying to get me ready,” she said. “And I had a nurse trying to find each heartbeat, and they were having problems. It was pretty scary.”
Viera, at 4 pounds 5 ounces, was able to stay at the local hospital where the twins were born.
But her sister Vaila wasn’t breathing.
“I could see them trying to get her to breathe,” Clever said. “And from where I was laying and she looked gray and right then I feared for the worst.”
She was flown into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at West Penn Hospital.
In Valia’s three weeks in the NICU, she had to deal with some heart issues, seizures and bleeding around the brain.
“She had all the lines and tubes and monitors hooked up to her, and you couldn’t touch her and you couldn’t hold her,” Todd Clever said. “It was scary on one hand, but knowing she was where she needed to be was somewhat of a calming factor.”
She’s now up to 6 pounds 8 ounces, thanks to advancements in the Neonatal care.
“We’re really fortunate the medicines we used worked right away,” Dr. Nilima Karamachandani at West Penn Hospital said.
Now, she may be able to go home for the holidays and be with her twin sister and the rest of her family for Christmas.
“That would be a fabulous Christmas present,” Clever said.