A mom in upstate New York was diagnosed with cancer minutes after giving birth to twin daughters and has been in a medically induced coma since.
Jenna Hinman, 26, was rushed to a Syracuse hospital when she suddenly experienced severe difficulty breathing. The doctors delivered her twin daughters Kinleigh and Azlynn, only three pounds each, in an emergency C-section, fearing for their well-being.
Hinman saw her newborns for just a few seconds before they were taken to neonatal care. Then the new mom started coughing up blood. Medics thought she might have pneumonia, but they soon discovered it was choriocarcinoma—a rare cancer that starts in the placenta.
The cancer had quickly spread to other parts of her body.
"Her lungs are so involved with tumor that they don't work. And right now they're not working at all," Dr. Wiley Bunn told CNY Central.
Hinman has been getting chemotherapy while in a coma, breathing via a machine. She did wake up briefly last week, her husband Brandon said.
"I walked up to her bed and grabbed her hand and said, 'Honey, it's me. I love you, you're doing great.' And as I was talking she shook her head yes.”
Brandon, a U.S. Army sergeant based at Fort Drum, is trying to raise money for his wife’s treatment with hopes that she will wake up and the whole family will be able to leave the hospital. So far, The Hinman Fund has raised almost $60,000, still a ways from its $1 milion goal. Contributions can be made via GoFundMe.
The babies, who were delivered nine weeks early, are doing well.
"My hope is that my wife stands up, holds my hand, we have the girls and we walk out of this hospital," said Brandon.