Once upon a time a soldier boy named Tom met a beautiful young woman and fell deeply in love. They were married 11 months later. Three wonderful years went by and their first little boy, Declan was born healthy and full term! Just five short months later, Tom and Rebecca got a big surprise. They were pregnant, again...but this time it was twins!
Rebecca was severely ill with this pregnancy and soon found out through ultra-sound that one of the babies was having complications. Due to these complications, Rebecca and Tom were given the option to terminate the whole pregnancy or just the "Baby B." Miller and Lucas (Baby B) were given their names very early in the pregnancy and both were loved so very much. They both agreed to allow God 's will to done and were adamant in keeping both babies.
After a VERY complicated pregnancy, Rebecca went into labor April 22, 2013, just 29 weeks into the pregnancy. Miller (Baby A) was born at 4:52 p.m. and seconds later, Lucas (Baby B) was born.
Miller was 3lbs 6oz and was on a respirator for a short time as well as a feeding tube for approximately 3 weeks. When he was two weeks old he contracted NEC (necrotizing enterocolitis) which is a deadly infection of the intestines and gut. He responded very well to antibiotics and was blessed not to have to have surgery. Miller was released on June 13, 2013 after 7 1/2 weeks in the NICU.
Sweet Lucas was a tiny 2lbs 8oz. Lucas was born with esophageal atresia (A condition where the esophagus does not attach to the stomach), an undeveloped right lung, a tracheoesophageal fistula (a abnormal connection from his trachea to his esophagus which cause leaks between his lungs and his stomach. This was surgically repaired when was a little over a month old). Lucas also had a perforated bowel that was surgically repaired when he was just a day old. On May 7th, Lucas had a barium study done to access the outcome of his bowel surgery. The barium aspirated through the TE fistula into his under-developed right lung causing it to harden and deflate. Because of this over the next few weeks his vitals crashed several times. On Mother’s Day the Hannas were told that Lucas would probably only live a few more days. Lucas is a fighter, however, and pulled through. He is currently fighting persistent pulmonary hyper-tension, several infections, and mild bleeding in his brain, but continually amazes the doctors, nurses and his parents by his strength and will to live. He is currently the most critical baby in the hospital’s NICU. The doctors expect Lucas to be in the hospital for an extended period of time.
Although Rebecca and Tom have some insurance, it will not be nearly enough to cover the insurmountable medical bills that have come and will be coming for Lucas’s continued care. Many people are praying for the twins, but so many have also asked how they can help. Tom and Rebecca’s number one need after prayer is help financially. Rebecca has had to quit her job so that she can care for her children and Tom is a student at a college in town, but has recently taken a position at a local company to help cover bills. They need help. Will you please consider blessing them with a financial gift? It is a tangible way to show you care and to be a part of what God is doing in the Hanna’s lives.
***07-07-2013*** - Less than 36 hours after this fundraiser was started, sweet Lucas was taken to heaven to be with Jesus. Please be in prayer for the family and consider a gift to help with the overwhelming medical bills and funeral costs. Although deeply grieving the loss of one of their precious boys, their hope in Christ still remains strong and their desire to edify their Father continues to be their foundation.