Photo Credit: Facebook from Journey of the Thornton Twins Public Page
Information & Photos provided by Public Facebook Page (Journey of the Thornton Twins) & GoFundMe Campaign
"This is the story of 2 little girls who came into this world with a fight in 2017... and one who continues to fight every single day!" (Facebook About Page)
Back in late October of 2017, Raigan & her husband James were informed that one of the twin babies had a sever birth defect. Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. This was devastating news to the family because the condition is life threatening. At 28 weeks, Raigan went into preterm labor and both girls were born not long after.
Since Rhoan and her twin sister were born, the Thornton family has had many ups and down with Rhoan's serious health condition. This past year alone that been an especially trying year on the family. Almost one year ago, Rhoan had major complications due to an infection that made her septic. Now for anyone, let alone a child under the age of two is extremely dangerous! The following post captured the attention of many locals, friends, family and former classmates of both Raigan and her husband.
Facebook Post from Aug 3rd, 2018 "Super quick Rhoan update. Rhoan has been admitted to children’s in Minneapolis. She was fighting a mild fever all day yesterday which spike to 103.3. She has a central line, so fevers are not taken lightly as an infection can quickly turn septic for her.Upon arrival to the ER her fever had only come down to 103.1 with Tylenol. Several tests were run and she was given Motrin for the fever and morphine to make her relax because her heart rate was nearing 200. Upon admission to the floor her temp was rechecked and she was 104.4! Everyone jumped into action and she was stripped down and placed on ice. This brought her down to 102.9. Currently we are on a regular floor because there is no bed for her in the PICU... once one is available, we will be transferred to intensive care. She is septic. A slew of antibiotics were started last night to cover just in case this came back positive... however, her sepsis is not bacterial. It’s fungal. So all meds they were given last night will not make any difference. New meds have been started and she is being monitored closely. Please keep our sweet girl in your prayers.... she’s in rough shape!"
It was shared extensively on social media. That is when it captured my attention, a former classmate of Raigans' from a small town in north central Minnesota. I have watched, waited and prayed with so many others these past months.
As a mother myself, my heart would break for Raigan and her family as they continue to fight with Rhoan for her life.
Fast forward to today, Monday June 17th, 2019...
Just this morning Rhoan has gone in for, yet another surgery.
"Getting ready to send Rhoan in for yet another surgery... today’s surgery will be much longer and much more invasive than the last few. She is having 2 hernias repaired and a g/j tube placed. Due to her multiple abdominal surgeries she’s already had, there will be a lot of scar tissue to work through as well. When she comes back, she will be completely sedated and given a temporary paralytic to keep her from moving so she can heal properly. I’ve had to sedate my child and place her in surgeons arms more times than I can count... it never gets easier! Please pray everything goes smoothly and she can bounce back quickly! 💗" Public Facebook Post
As of 4pm this afternoon there is no update on how Rhoan's surgery went. If you would like to stay current with all of the updates please find her public page HERE
Next week, I will continue to provide a backstory and timeline of Rhoan's journey, as well as the strength her beautiful mother has shown through all of this.
At this time I do not have specific information but I do know, that there is an account to help support the Thornton family during this time. Once the information is made available to me I will make sure to share it.
Please do not contact Raigan or her family at this time while we wait for an update. I ask that you please respect their privacy until they are ready to share.
Thank you. Amanda
Photo Credit: Public Facebook Page Journey of the Thornton Twins
Today on #mommymonday we are happy to feature a mom who has been open and an activist in helping other women & families understand different aspects of being postpartum.
Many women have heard of "baby blues" or postpartum depression but there is SO MUCH information that is missing from discussions among women and families. As our modern world becomes more aware of mental health (and its importance), we need to recognize the education that is needed around perinatal mental health. This topic is not just for moms but for fathers as well.
This beautiful family and brave mother are at the forefront of this discussion in hopes to help others on their postpartum journey!
Meet Kseniya N. of the Twin Cities!
How many children do you have? "One baby girl who is 4 months old"
How old were you when you first became a mom? "30 years old"
What has been the best thing about being a mom? "Spending time with my husband and baby girl in our journey as parents"
What has been the hardest thing about being a mom? How have you over come or work through it? "Postpartum and mental health during this time"
Tell us why you want to be featured on our site? What makes you or your family different from others? "We are a multicultural family. I'm from Belarus and my husband's family is from India which makes for a very unique family with its joys and challenges."
Note on Postpartum & Mental Health
"Women of every culture, age, income level and race can develop perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Symptoms can appear any time during pregnancy and the first 12 months after childbirth. There are effective and well-researched treatment options to help you recover. Although the term “postpartum depression” is most often used, there are actually several forms of illness that women may experience" (https://www.ppsupportmn.org/eduction)
Do not worry - there is hope if you or someone you know is in need of help! Right here in Minnesota there is a full community of support of professionals with resources. The first step in handling a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder is to be educated. Visit https://www.ppsupportmn.org/eduction for more information.
This week on #mommymonday we are happy to feature a very artistic mom who is shifting out of her comfort zone in many ways. This mama artist said she has always been an artist in black and white, but her children inspired her to paint color. An inspired mama is a great mama!
To check out all the styles go to LS Studios Facebook. Commissioned work is also available. Choose your own colors.