Little Heroes Mattie, Benjamin, Elizabeth and Wesley
In honor of the last day to submit your #pentelhero at www.pentel.com/power we’re sharing these little hero stories. Thanks to Little Hero Capes we’re able to support and empower these brother and sister pairs! Meet Mattie, Benjamin, Elizabeth and Wesley. Read their stories below:
Benjamin & Mattie (Age 2)
Mighty Mattie & Super Benjamin were twins born at 32 weeks after a difficult pregnancy and 3 months of bed rest; their triplet didn’t make it. Mattie had open heart surgery at 4 months old to repair Tricuspid Valve, 2 holes in her heart and have an pacemaker implanted. She requires regular monitoring and doctor appointments. She will have surgery every 5 years for the rest of her life for her pacemaker. They have both fought to survive and thrive and have been by each others sides through it all. They are Brave Warriors and keep each other strong.
Elizabeth (Age 4) &Wesley (Age 1)
My daughter was born at 36 weeks on November 10, 2009. At just 4 years old she has a ton of GI and growth problems, she’s been through a couple a surgeries, several hospital clean outs and a ton of home clean-outs. Her BMI does not even on the charts, she has failed to thrive and currently sees a GI doctor, GI therapist, feeding therapist, and nutritionist regularly.
In June 2013, at 10 weeks I found out I was pregnant, at 20 weeks I was so happy to find out the sex of the baby and my four year old daughter learned that she was going to be a big sister of two brothers! At the end of the ultrasound they told me that twin B (Wesley) was measuring smaller than he should be. He was measuring about 3 weeks behind his brother and at 24 weeks I was put on bed rest. At a follow-up ultrasound at 26 weeks my husband and I got hit with a big bomb. We where told twin B (Wesley’s) cord blood flow was really bad, and he could pass at anytime. Consequently, I was put on hospital bed rest to be monitored five times a day.
It was a very stressful time. Wesley’s heartbeat fluctuated a couple of times and on Christmas Eve 2013 his heartbeat dropped to 60 bpm and I was rushed into surgery for a C-section. Twin A (James) was born at 12:45 am weighing 2 lbs 5 oz.,Wesley was born at 12:48 am weighing 1 lb 8 oz. Both twins were put on c-pap and stayed on c-pap for the first week of life, they were then placed on oxygen. After 69 long days in NICU, James came off of the oxygen. Wesley came home after 74 long days in the NICU and is still on oxygen, he had a stage II brain bleed and has a heart valve problem (CHD). James is healthy, but Wesley still suffers from many ailments and medical issues including: congenital insufficiency of aortic valve, retinopathy of prematurity stage 1, Intraventricular Hemorrhage Grade 1, GI Issues, underweight, and chronic lung disease/respiratory insufficiency.
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