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Utah parents of twins born prematurely take precautions to avoid coronavirus

Posted at 7:50 PM, Apr 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 09:11:09-04

SALT LAKE CITY – A pair of twin boys in Utah are defying the odds after being born prematurely. Now on the road to a healthy life, their parents are taking extra precautions to protect them from coronavirus.

Isaac and Lucas are five months old and were born three months prematurely.

“They are miracle babies. They really are,” said Brecklyn Sorensen, the mother of the boys.

Brecklyn’s pregnancy was extremely rare. The children are mono-mono twins, meaning they shared the same placenta and amniotic sac. Doctors were worried the pregnancy could lead to health issues for the twins and their mother.

“At 18 weeks they were questioning whether or not to have the pregnancy ended,” Brecklyn said. “I couldn’t let one go. I really wanted them together.”

The first-time mom decided to keep going with the pregnancy. In November, the babies were born.

“We were lucky they were strong enough to get through that and be the strong little babies that they are,” said Dylan Rhoades, the father of the twins.

The twins each weighed less than 2 pounds when they were born. They spend three months in the hospital before being allowed to go home in February.

“They are growing so well. They are almost 8 pounds now. They’re doing great,” Dylan said.

After clearing the hurdle of being born prematurely, the family now has another worry – coronavirus.

“If they got the virus, they probably wouldn’t survive it,” Brecklyn said. “Just because they are so small and their lungs aren’t the greatest.”

With the dangerous pandemic gripping the nation, the parents are taking every precaution to keep their children safe. They hope others in the community do the same to stop the spread of the virus.

“That effects not just one person’s life, but a lot of peoples’ lives,” Dylan said.

“It could be you, it could be your family,” Brecklyn added.

Both boys are still on oxygen.

The family is keeping the babies in their home, except to visit the doctor one time per month.

They are precious bundles of joy who already beat one challenge. Their parents want to make sure they aren’t put through another dangerous fight again.

“It’s amazing when they laugh, you make them laugh,” Brecklyn said. “It’s all worth it. It made the whole experience worth it.”