The Delzell Family
Saturday, January 12, 2019
We are incredibly blessed to have identical twin daughters, McKinna and Mariah. We also nearly lost them to a disease called Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS). Our doctor put us on an airplane to Houston, TX with only a few hours notice so we could get to a specialized facility for emergency surgery. Their odds were rather grim as our case of TTTS progressed rapidly and it’s very likely that had we waited another day we would have lost at least one of them. McKinna and Mariah are healthy 2 and a half year olds now and truly are our miracle girls. They pray for their baby brother Troy almost every day and express so much affection for him.
Naturally, when Alicia became pregnant with Troy our primary concern was if the TTTS from the prior pregnancy could have any impact on this one. We were told at our second ultrasound that everything looked great and that we would be as low risk as pregnancies go. That was a huge relief to us! I think it was the very next ultrasound that showed the first sign of potential problems. Our worst fears were realized on 11/19 (at 24 weeks) when we went in for an ultrasound to find that there wasn’t a heartbeat. I think the doctors were expecting Troy to make it much closer to his due date of March 12 before ultimately passing, so this came much sooner than we were prepared for.
Two high-risk pregnancies have taken their toll on our family, but we are incredibly blessed and thankful for all of the support we have received through both ordeals and are comforted by the fact that Troy woke up in the arms of Jesus and will never know the troubles that life on Earth brings.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
*Note from Emilia’s Wings: Grace’s adventures continue! Prior to sending Grace off on her first ‘bon voyage’, we told Grace to enjoy Nebraska (our home state) and mentioned on Facebook for her to enjoy “a Runza (or two, or three) for us”. The Delzells took note and made it their personal mission to make sure Grace was able to experience this midwest gem of a restaurant. For those who have no clue what Runza is… Runza is a fast food chain that began in Lincoln, NE. Their signature sandwich, “The Runza”, is fresh-baked bread stuffed with ground beef, onions, a secret blend of spices, and cabbage. Jared messaged us: “I did find the Facebook page for Emilia’s Wings and saw your wish… Coincidentally, we happen to live about 2 minutes away from a Runza restaurant and I will personally ensure Grace gets her chance.” Here are photos of Grace visiting Runza for the very first time. I think she looks excited, what about you?
The Delzells tell us, “In addition to the pictures from Runza I also included a picture of Grace next to the urn that holds Troy’s remains. She’s been spending each night right next to him.” These are the kind of sleepovers Grace looks forward to!
To learn a bit more about The Delzells check out the following links for an inside story on their journey to parenthood with background info on the birth of their twin daughters: