Preemie twins making progress at Arkansas Children's Hospital

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The NICU unit at Arkansas Children's Hospital sees premature babies every day. Two of those babies are Jensen and Ally Alton, twins who were born on February 19, three and a half months early.

    For six hours a day, you'll also find their mom, Katie, there.

    "We were at home and all of a sudden I felt contractions and I said I didn't know what they were and my husband was like you might want to go get checked out," Katie explained.

    Prior to the delivery, it took a year for the young couple to get pregnant and, with her husband Travis in the Air Force, they were living in Japan.

    News soon came they'd have not one, but two babies, and Katie would fly back to the U.S. to deliver them.

    "Pregnancy was going really good," Katie recalled, until week 24 came along. She was in labor, and delivering her babies thousands of miles from home.

    "I told myself, I cannot break down," she explained. "I have to be strong for them and that has been my thing ever since."

    The babies were born in critical condition, weighing a pound and a half each. The young couple feared their children may not survive, but stayed positive.

    "It was just overwhelming because they were so little," mom remembered.

    Then in May, the two were strong enough to make the journey from Japan to Little Rock and they have been receiving treatment at ACH since then.

    Ally now weighs 4 pounds, with Jenson coming in at 5.
    These twin miracles are just two of the 75 babies in ACH's NICU unit right now.

    Pediatrician Jennifer Andrews calls it a team effort to get every baby healthy.

    "We have doctors, we have nurses, we have therapists that can work with them developmentally and work with feeds and we have pharmacists that makes sure we are giving them the right medicine," Andrews said.

    That special care is what is sending the Alton's babies home next week, after spending 115 days in the hospital.

    "I want them to know that they are true little fighters and our little miracles," Katie said.

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