An Australian couple whose twin daughters were born 10 months ago are struggling to come to terms with the fact that one day they will have to say goodbye to one of the girls.
Rachael Thompson, of Perth, recently told Yahoo!7 News that her daughters, Ashley and Brooke, who were born Oct. 7, both have problems with their hearts. Ashley has holes in her heart, but Brooke’s heart is missing many of the major arteries and only developed with one chamber.
Doctors reportedly didn’t expect Brooke to live through the day of her birth.
Brooke defied the odds and as the days went on, Thompson and her partner, David Synge, grew determined to get Brooke all the help she needed.
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“She surprised everyone there that day – and stayed with us,” Thompson said, according to the Daily Mail. “We sought second opinions, going to the best cardiologists in Australia.
“Sadly the news given to us was that Brooke’s heart conditions were just too many and too complex,” she added. “There was nothing they could do for our baby girl.”
Now, 10 months later, Thompson said both girls are developing normally, and its hard to tell that anything is wrong with Brooke, apart from what Thompson calls the girl’s “blue color episodes.”
“She’s just the strongest person I know,” Thompson told Yahoo!7.
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Despite Brooke’s prognosis, Thompson refuses to give up.
“I have demanded that she has all her injections and everything her sister was given as she is still with us and I refuse to let her be ignored like a hopeless case,” she said, the Daily Mail reported.
She’s thankful for the time that she’s had with Brooke, she said, but knows that it comes at a cost.
“It’s a bit bittersweet, because all the time I’ve had with her, it makes so much harder to say goodbye to her when that time comes,” she told Yahoo!7.
Photo Credit: Facebook: Brooke’s Heart Journey