Bachelor alum Vienna Girardi revealed heartbreaking news on Facebook Sunday.
Girardi let her followers know that she lost her twin daughters at 18 weeks on Aug. 5 after experiencing twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome.
"On Aug 3rd, I went in for an ultra sound bc the Perinatologist noticed one of my twins had more fluids than the other which was the first sign of TTTS(Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome) this is when one twin takes more nutrients than the other," she wrote on Facebook. "They said that it did look like it had improved over the last week though."
"Unfortunately, that was not the case and that evening my water broke due to the amniotic sacs rupturing," continued Girardi, 31. "I spent the next 2 days in the hospital trying everything to save them."
"The doctors had warned me that if I did not go into labor and deliver the babies, I was taking the chance of risking my own life and causing an infection in my uterus but they could not survive at only 18 weeks," she explained.
"They also said that there was a very slim chance under 5% that the babies could survive and the fluids in their amniotic sacs replenish themselves so as any mother would do I did everything to save them but their hearts stopped beating on day two which is also when I went into a septic shock with 104 fever," Girardi added.
"My little angels went to Heaven on Aug 5th and I was rushed into the OR for emergency surgery and was in the ICU for 4 days."
Girardi announced her pregnancy back in June, posting a photo of her twin's ultrasound, writing, "Twice the Blessing, Twice the Fun." She then revealed she was having girls at the end of July.
She asked her followers for support and privacy during this difficult time so she can "grieve." She hopes her daughter's story will help "save another women who has twins with TTTS."
"I don't know why this happened and I pray the Lord gives me strength to understand why he needed my little girls," she continued in her Facebook post. "After days of laying in bed heart broken and trying to piece what happened back together a doctor asked me if I would consider donating my little girls to science so they can also understand why this happens and be able to save another women who has twins with TTTS."
"This was the hardest decision I have ever had to make in my life but I knew my little girls were in Heaven already and the pain I feel I would never want any mother to ever feel," Girardi added. "RIP My Sweet Angels. Your mommy will never forget you and I loved you both with my entire heart."0comments
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