Twice the Love: Elianna and Scarlett’s Story

February 15 2018 2:51pm
Twins Elianna and Scarlett had a difficult start in life, with the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit as their first home. Fortunately the doctors and nurses at BC Women's Hospital were there to help.

The efforts to save twins Elianna and Scarlett began even before they were born.

BC Women’s patient Twyla was on bed rest for 6 weeks prior to the birth of her twins, first at home and then at BC Women’s Hospital. As Elianna and Scarlett were born at just 26 weeks, the BC Women’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) was the twins’ first home. The family considers the Hospital a huge part of their story.

“The delivery team literally saved Elianna’s life when she needed to be resuscitated at birth.” – Twyla

Today, Elianna and Scarlett are busy three years olds. Elianna is a performer at heart and enjoys belting out “Let It Go” in the early hours of the morning. Her sister Scarlett is a sensitive girl who loves to cuddle, but still finds creative ways to be mischievous. Together they are a priceless gift.

Twyla and Jesse wanted to commemorate their daughters’ NICU journey in the place that holds so much meaning for them, and find a way to give back for the care they received. With the support of friends and family, the couple raised over $2,000 for the BC Women’s Hospital Foundation towards commemorative BC Women’s Baby Tiles for both Elianna and Scarlett that now live on a Hospital wall.

“Fundraising for the tiles made it easy for us to get our friends and family involved. They gave more than we ever could have on our own,” says Twyla. “I am looking forward to taking them to see the tiles again when they’re older and can really understand what a difficult beginning they had… and the miracles that happen daily at BC Women’s.”

Photo credit: Julia Ufimzeff Photography

 

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