A couple’s trip to Portugal proved ultimately fatal after a woman gave birth to her twins 13 weeks before they were due.
Kim Kirzow Spratt and her husband Fred Spratt, from Jackson, New Jersey, flew to Portugal planning to have one final trip before their children were born. Despite having her doctor’s approval, Kim ended up going into labor during the trip.
“We’re trying to hit spots on our bucket list every year, so we picked Portugal,” said Kim. “The doctor gave me 100 percent clearance, and we got total reassurance. We even got a letter for the airline in case there were any problems.”
When they got to their destination in early May, the problems started.
“We took a sunset cruise and got on the boat about 8 p.m., and I thought it was maybe (false-labor) contractions,” she said. “Then, I got really thirsty and hungry but had no appetite.”
After returning to their hotel, it only got worse.
“My legs started shaking uncontrollably,” Kim said. “But I never thought it could be labor.”
The couple then rushed to the hospital, where they ran into complications due to the fact that neither of them spoke Portuguese and did not have their passports with them. Eventually, doctors admitted her and she gave birth to their son, Hudson Charles Spratt.
A few minutes later, their daughter, Hayden Grace Spratt, was born.
Charles weighed 1 pound 12 ounces and Hayden weighed 1 pound 7 ounces.
“Everyone spoke Portuguese, so I had no clue what was going on,” Kim said. “The only thing I understood was ‘breathe,’ which a nurse kept repeating. Afterward, everyone kept saying how tiny they were and that they would do everything they could to save them.”
Both babies were kept in the neonatal intensive care unit and couldn’t be touched.
Charles later died on Memorial Day, May 25.
On May 29, the Spratts were able to hold their daughter Hayden for the first time.
Hayden now weighs around 2 pounds.
“It’s been unfathomable, but we had to stay strong for Hayden,” Kim said.
The family currently lives in Lisbon and is “trapped here indefinitely.” They plan to return to the United States as soon as Hayden is well enough.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for the young family to cover medical and travel expenses. It has raised more than $35,000 over the past month.
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