Twin sisters born 3 months early overcome major health hurdles

KUSA - They’re only a few days old, but identical twins Jacelyn and Joselyn are already proving to be fighters.

On Sunday August 28, the twin sisters were born three months prematurely at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. Doctors chose to perform a  C-section that afternoon after learning Jacelyn wasn’t moving normally.

She was born 1lb 13 ounces with the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck. Her sister Jocelyn was born 2lbs 10 ounces with a severe heart defect.

Doctors say Jocelyn’s heart problem was so serious that her heart chamber could not generate a high enough pressure to pump enough blood across the valve, leading to poor blood circulation. Doctors knew they couldn’t wait to operate.

Though at just 2.5 pounds, she was too small for conventional heart surgery.

The solution was for doctors to perform a combined hybrid surgery, which was performed by Dr. Steve Leonard and Dr. Dave Miller. The procedure allowed Jocelyn’s narrowed heart valve to open with the help of a catheter.

The surgery was a success.

Jocelyn became the smallest baby to undergo treatment of critical aortic stenosis at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. She was also one of the smallest in the country to receive the procedure as well.

“We were so relieved,” mom Laura Clymer said. “It was such a big risk. There are no words of how grateful we are. I feel like we can finally take a breath and start moving forward.”

Jocelyn and Jacelyn are receiving around-the-clock care in the NICU at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, which will be their home for the next three months. They are growing stronger each day.

Laura and her boyfriend, Travis, said they can’t wait to take their babies home.

“They are already showing their personalities. Jacelyn is a little pistol, she wiggles and flinches a lot. Jocelyn is a little princess,” Travis said.

The babies should be able to go home mid-November.

“We are looking forward to a lot of firsts, but right now, I just can’t wait to hold them. They are so tiny,” said Laura.

The couple shared their birth journey with Christine Noel. You can see the story on 9News at 9 & 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2. 

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