Kalie Kuhl gets to go home today after 16 weeks on bed rest, more than six of them spent living at Rockford Memorial Hospital. Her identical triplet sons, born Tuesday at around 32 weeks gestation, might need to spend six more weeks in the hospital. But the fact that they’re doing well is in itself a miracle.
Kalie Kuhl gets to go home today after 16 weeks on bed rest, more than six of them spent living at Rockford Memorial Hospital.
Her identical triplet sons, born Tuesday at around 32 weeks gestation, might need to spend six more weeks in the hospital.
But the fact that they’re doing well is in itself a miracle.
Kalie Kuhl and husband, Joshua Kuhl, with their doctors, shared their story Friday morning during a news conference at the hospital.
In the womb, the triplets had a rare condition known as twin-to-twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome because of shared blood vessels in the placenta. The condition was draining the blood from two of the babies and overloading the third.
On Feb. 22, they had a risky surgical procedure called endoscopic laser treatment to interrupt the blood flow between the babies. It was performed at Wheaton Fransciscan Healthcare in Milwaukee by Dr. Julian DeLia, an obstetrician/gynecologist who specializes in the procedure, said Rockford perinatologist, Dr. Paula Melone, who referred the Kuhls to DeLia.
“That point probably was the scariest,” Melone said. “But on the fourth day (after the surgery) we did an ultrasound and saw we still had three heartbeats. And the fluid rates (for the overloaded fetus) had gone down.
“This is the first time I know of that we’ve been able to do this procedure where all the triplets survived,” said Melone, who had cared for Kalie Kuhl since the triplets’ condition was diagnosed in late January.
Today, the triplets — Brodin Robert, Gavin Frederick and Trevin James — are being treated for jaundice and having their body temperatures maintained in isolettes.
They’re also receiving nourishment through feeding tubes. But they’re doing fine, neonatologist Dr. Nancy G Bauer said.
“We’ve had no complications from the twin-to-twin-to-twin syndrome,” she said. “It’s just normal prematurity issues.”
Respiratory distress is expected for babies born at 32 weeks’ gestation as the triplets were, Bauer said. But Trevin and Brodin already are breathing on their own. Gavin still is on a ventilator.
The babies were delivered through Caesarean section. Trevin — at 2 pounds, 14 ounces — was born first. Gavin came out second at 3 pounds, 15 ounces. Brodin weighed 3 pounds, 3 ounces.
“The surgery fixed them so well, these three boys’ blood counts are all normal,” Bauer said. “And they’re the perfect size for triplets.”
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