PHOENIX - Robinson and Harper Basaldu have gone through a lot since their birth in April.
The two babies were born at 23 weeks and weighed just over one pound each.
Since then, they have had procedure after procedure, undergoing blood transfusions and heart murmur surgeries.
On July 23, Robinson was healthy enough to go home, but left his brother behind at St. Joseph’s Nursery Intensive Care Unit.
On Monday, July 30, Harper was reunited with his brother and was able to go home himself.
Their months-long stay in the medical center wasn’t their only issue.
When their mother Lori was around 20 weeks pregnant, she had a subchorionic hemorrhage, a blood clot in the womb. The condition isn’t uncommon, but the clot grew as the babies grew.
On April 12, Lori had a normal check-up in Gilbert and within a matter of hours, she went into labor.
“I hoped they could stop the labor,” said Lori in a news release.
Unfortunately, by the time her and her husband Pete made it to the hospital, she was already too far along in her labor and they were forced to perform an emergency C-section.
The manager of the intensive care unit said that her nurses saw double the emotional stress and double the concern in having two babies there at once, but also saw the happiness and relief they experienced as they grew into more normal, healthy babies.
Today Robinson and Harper are around seven pounds each, wearing newborn-sized clothes and are breastfeeding.
The twins are still on oxygen, but are expected to continue to recover.
"Thank God we went to St. Joseph's when we did. It ended up being the best thing that's ever happened to us," Lori said in the news release. "Pete and I just can't wait to have them both home, so we can hibernate with them for a while."
St. Joseph’s Medical Center is known for their high-risk OB medical care. Their Level 3 NyICU treats severely ill infants and cares for almost 700 premature babies every year, according to the medical center.
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