Preemie twins beating the odds

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

GILBERT, Ariz. -- Valley twins Robinson and Harper Basaldu were just over a pound each when they came into this world on April 12. It's been an emotional roller coaster, but the preemie brother and sister are beating the odds.

"We've been coming to the hospital every day for 108 days," Lori Basaldu said. "We just want to get them home."

Basaldu and her husband, Peter, are getting their wish. The Gilbert parents will have both of their twins home. Harper now joins brother Robinson, who left St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center a week ago.

"We weren't entirely sure a day like this would come," Peter said. "We're just grateful every day."

The twins were born at 23 weeks, weighing just over 1 pound each.

"One of the nurses had me put the ring [his wedding ring] around her [Harper's] arm," Peter said. "It's amazing humans are that small."

Well, not anymore.
"They both weigh 7 and a half pounds," Lori said. "They're over three months old and miracles happen."

"They experienced a lot of potential problems that these babies are subjected to like feeding problems, breathing problems and thankfully they've overcome all of those with outstanding care and the parents being here every day," said Dr. Robert Gutierrez, NyICU medical director at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center.

But it was the great care that the Basaldus say they got from the staff at St. Joseph's that made things so much smoother.

"We've never had children before," Lori said. "We learned absolutely everything about preemies, NyICUs, how to be a mom, how to be a dad."

"Complete blessing that I've been able to come across the great people here," Peter continued. "And their guidance really held us together."

Lori's pre-term labor may have resulted from a type of blood clot that was found in her womb three weeks earlier. While the condition isn't uncommon, the clot continued to grow as the babies developed.

The hospital's Level III NyICU cares for nearly 700 premature babies every year.