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Dear Fellow Parishioner:
Father asks us, in our mercy, to please pray for the unborn twins of Mr. & Mrs. Ryan & Gina Iker (see email below), friends of Fr. Jared McCambridge, F.S.S.P. Also, please pray for Fr. McCambridge’s mother, who was diagnosed with esophaial cancer last week. Oremus.
…also, there’s a Fr. Orlowski FSSP, who had a bad auto accident and who’s in critical condition…
Please do pass the prayer request along! I just spoke with Ryan Iker; he and his wife Gina are very happy to think that many more will pray for their unborn sons. Ryan told me of an additional glimmer of hope – an ultrasound this morning showed a small volume of amniotic fluid remaining for the child in the ruptured sac. Thanks for your generosity! Since I’m in begging mode, would you remember my Mom as well? She’ll begin treatment soon for an esophagial cancer which was discovered a week ago. God bless you and those beloved to you!..
Subject: Status of Gina Iker and Twins
Greetings Friends and Family,�I just wanted to let you know the status of Gina and the twins.�If you haven’t already heard, Gina, who is 20 weeks pregnant with twin boys, had her water break two nights ago. She, at first,�went to�a hospital that was not equipped to handle perinatal high risk care. She was then transferred to St Joseph’s Hospital, which has one of the best perinatal high risk units in Phoenix. After reviewing the ultrasound, the doctors determined that one of the sacs was ruptured. Baby B, which is behind the presenting baby, has a severe decrease in amniotic fluid. In fact, at today’s ultrasound we could see that there was no fluid in the sac. Baby B did have fluid in his stomach, kidneys, and bladder, which means he’s ingesting fluid from somewhere. The problem is that the fluid he urinates is leaving the sac through the tear, or so it appears, and he is not able to ingest any of that fluid.�It’s likely that there may be a small amount of fluid in the sac that was not picked up by the ultrasound. The sac seems to be closing in on him and will, eventually, limit his movement, which will then restrict his lungs from reaching their full capacity. We’ve been told the boys are not viable, at this time, outside the womb. So we would hope Baby B could hold on for, at least, 4 more weeks. At that point, they will be given steroids to help the development of their lungs.�Ideally, it would be wonderful if the sac could somehow close again, like a scab over a cut. But, honestly, it would take a miracle for that to happen. This, we all know, is well within the power of God. There’s another problem, though. The doctors think that an infection could be the cause of the ruptured sac. If this is so, then Gina would show signs of the infection, i.e. fever, cramping, soreness. She has, so far, none of these symptoms.�Scenarios: If Baby B has an infection, then he will have to be delivered. Sadly, that would mean Baby A, who is in a healthy environment with plenty of fluid,�but also�blocking the exit, would have to be delivered, too. They would both be unable to survive. If Baby B has an infection and is not removed through delivery, Gina would become septic and the lives of the boys and mother would be in jeopardy. Another scenario would be Baby B does not survive and has no infection. In that case, he would remain where he�is and be delivered after Baby A has fully developed. But we do not want to leave a boy behind. We want each baby to make it to a point where both of them can be delivered and be viable. At minimum, that would be the 24 week mark…4 more weeks. Right now, both boys are alive and are not showing signs of distress.
Sorry to the moderator if it’s too long. It’s not the whole explanation either, but someone felt it was worth explaining.