Here’s a birthday wish from a dad to his lovely twin daughters on their first birthday. 😀
At about 8:45am they both were born at Mumbai. Mahi is elder to Meha by 2 minutes. Mahi weighed 1.4kg (3.08 pounds) and Meha weighed 1.9 kg (4.18 pounds). I was the first one to hold Mahi in my hands and was overwhelmed by emotions. I could barely control my tears. Within 2 minutes Meha was brought out and my joy was doubled.
|One day old Mahi||One day old Meha|
We were told that their mother will be brought out in some time. But we didn’t knew that “some time” will be 8 hours!
Being twins, they were very delicate, especially Mahi. Me and my sister rushed to another hospital which had a NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, ICU for new-born) and admitted Mahi there. She needed a special environment and oxygen to survive.
I called up my mom from there and told her that we are coming back. But my mom told me to wait there because they were going to bring even Heena to the same hospital. Her condition was not good!! I was shocked and could not hold myself. We again rushed back to the place where they were born.
Heena had developed a complication. Her uterus had to bear the weight of twins and had expanded quite a bit! Even after they were born, her uterus failed to contract and bleeding failed to stop! She developed PostPartum Haemorrhage (PPH)! There were 4 gynecologists present there but no one could do anything to stop her bleeding! We were told she will need another surgery and we had to rush her to the same hospital where Mahi was kept.
We called for an ambulance and rushed her to the hospital. It took barely 10 minutes from one place to another, but those 10 minutes looked like an eternity. From the murmurs of doctors & nurses, we could gather that she was sinking. Looking at her condition we even took Meha along with us and admitted even her to the NICU in the same hospital.
At about 9:45am doctors took Heena in operation theatre and called for more blood and also a PPH specialist. We got some blood from the blood bank and called friends/relatives for replacement. After 2 hours an assisstant doctor came out and informed us that half of the procedure is successfully over and she should be out within an hour. But that wasn’t going to happen. He came out again in some time and informed us that nothing is stopping her flow of blood and they need to perform a bigger surgery to save her. We had no option but to agree. And so on the same day, in a span of few hours, she underwent the third operation of the day and the third operation of her life!
At about 5pm she was brought out, unconscious, with 6-7 tubes hanging all around her. She was shifted to the ICU. Out of my small family of four, I was the only one left out with all the other three in separate ICUs fighting for survival. That day and night were one of the longest in my life.
But all’s well that ends well.
|Heena in ICU on 20th||In hospital room|
Heena was brought out from ICU after 2 days. After another 2 days we brought out Meha from NICU because she was the healthier one. We were wondering how will we look after such a delicate baby and such a delicate mother! But we somehow managed it.
After another 2 days we were told that its time to bring Mahi out! We were completely at a loss of words! We were barely managing one, how could we manage two? But did we have any option? And I am proud to say that with the help of very co-operative hospital staff and close family members (my parents, her parents, my sisters, her sister) we pulled it off remarkably well!
|Meha-Mahi at home in
smallest available clothes
|A warm welcome|
On 27th of May we all came back home. 😀 Heena and my M2, as I fondly call them now, were hale and hearty. Of course, all three were in delicate state and needed care. But they were completely out of danger. A shiver passes through my body whenever I remember those dreadful days and especially the day of their birth. But I am really glad (and thank God for it) that I need to remember only the pleasant part of that day now. As is evident from the Twins Timeline my M2 are doing well! Touch wood! :).
Happy Birthday Mahi-Meha. Hope you both live a long happy life. And yes! Happy Birthday Heena! Afterall its the first birthday of your second life. 😀