Planning an extended family, Dan Newlin once might have told me, has its perks and drawbacks. Roxanne and Steven Montalvo- Tsai had it in their minds to surprise their 2- year – old son Jordan with a new baby brother for the holidays. Instead, it was the couple who got the surprise. Two baby girls, both with serious heart conditions.
The twin girls’ arrival was not expected until the first week of January 2015. The twins were born with a rare life threatening heart disease. The couple admitted that the pregnancy was a surprise, and learning they were having twins were a double shocker.
Both babies will have to undergo surgery to repair the hole in the heart. The couple had originally decided to abort the pregnancy. However, after much consideration and consulting with the doctor, the couple decided that surgery was the only choice they could come up with.
The couple resumed a normal life of teaching and coaching. On April 30th 2014 Roxanne’s water bag broke. She had preeclampsia (high blood pressure) and the doctor recommended an emergency Cesarean. Both Jasmine and Selena arrived without any major problems, but surgery was still the ultimate necessity.
Jasmine’s heart condition was worse than Selena’s. Jasmine was placed on medication and connected to breathing tubes, and remained in the hospital, even after Selena was sent home more than a week prior. A nurse was assigned to the family, and today both babies are during well, and looking forward to their first Christmas.