Friday, October 1, 2010

More kids

Leslie loves Mark's kids as her own. But she really wanted the experience of being pregnant and raising a kid from a tiny baby on. Mark and Leslie both knew they wanted to have a baby and didn't want their baby to be too far apart in age from Manning.

So she was thrilled to find out she was pregnant Memorial Day weekend. Mark and Leslie went to Kansas City to celebrate their anniversary and were so excited to be pregnant. They stayed in a nice hotel and took it easy. (Mark watched a lot of Ninja Warrior.) They shopped and ate. Mark bought her more earrings. They also went to the Kansas City Zoo (without kids!)
Leslie went in for a checkup at 8 weeks (without Mark) and found out she was pregnant with twins. She called Mark to tell him and he was absolutely thrilled. They really wanted a boy and a girl. They had chosen the names Marisa Bond Evans and Mac Brodey Evans.
At 19 weeks pregnant on a Sunday morning, Leslie's water broke. They rushed her to the hospital where they immediately admitted her. They found out that it was just a tear in the amniotic sac, so she wasn't losing all of the amniotic fluid. Since they were fraternal twins, it was only baby A's sac that had torn. Baby B was fine.
The doctors wanted to keep her in the hospital, because of an infection risk and could go in to labor at any time. But they were very positive. Leslie was also very positive and would do anything it took to help her babies progress in the pregnancy. She even hung at such an angle that she joked she was hanging like a bat.
Leslie remained in the hospital for two weeks before she went in to labor with the twins. At 12:15pm on Sunday, September 26, baby A was born. Marisa was stillborn. Not long after, she started delivering baby B. Mac was alive, but his lungs were not developed enough to live. Leslie did get to see both of her babies. During the delivery of the placenta, Leslie looked as though she had passed out. But within seconds they realized she had gone into cardiac arrest. A nurse jumped on top of her and immediately started doing CPR and gave her oxygen and resuscitation medicine. Leslie was down for 17 minutes before they were able to revive her.

7 comments:

  1. This is too sad to even think of a comment.

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  2. I am so moved by this woman's courage and grace. She is so inspiring.

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  3. Wow...she was and still a very strong lady. All that can be said is "God needed more angels in heaven to sing". Our prayers are with you and the family.

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  4. God be with this family at this hard time...Just know that they are all happy and well and looking over you with smiles and wanting the best for your family

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  5. My heart goes out to her husband, mother, and father. This is the hardest days of your life. We have prayer chains going out to you...

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  6. Oh my God, I cannot even fathom. My heart goes out to Leslie's family. :(

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  7. I am so sorry for the family, on June 13, 2008 my brother and his girl delivered a baby girl at 5:58 a.m. Jackie was 36 years old and healthy, at 7:26 a.m. while still in the birthing room she coded. She did have an AFE and she passed away at 1:15 that afternoon. She never got a chance to see her daughter because the baby was taken to the nursery as soon as she was born because she had some problems. Sophia Jacalyn Rose is now 2 years old and bring our family much joy. My brother is a single father who is 50 years old. This has been very hard on him as I am sure it will be for Leslie's husband. I am so sorry for you loss, you will remain in our thoughts and prayers.

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