FOX42 News reporter and wife share about PPROM and their twins' survival

FOX42 News reporter and wife share about PPROM and their twins survival

New parents Paul and Michelle Gutierrez first learned they were having twins last year in June.

Less than half way through the pregnancy, Michelle's water broke.

"It was scary," she said.

It's something that doctor's say shouldn't happen until the mom is ready to give birth.

"The big message I want to get out there is that you're not alone," said Paul.

Doctor's call it PPROM, or Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes.

Stats show it impacts 150,000 women in the United States each year.

"Usually it happens out of the blue, with nothing, or any indication that it's going to happen or anything like that," said Dr. Michael Barsoom, MEDNAX-affiliated maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Bergan Mercy Medical Center.

When it happened, Paul and Michelle rushed to the hospital where they got some scary news from hospital staff members.

"Saying that we're going to do everything we can for them, but they may not survive," said Paul.

Doctors told them Adam and Josephine needed at least a month and a half more in the womb for a chance to survive.

Thankfully, it happened, and on November 6, 2017, the two were born but not without complications.

Josephine spent 63 days in intensive care.

Adam, who was not expected to survive, spent 109 days in the NICU.

Today, both babies are home where they belong.

"I get really emotional thinking about the fact that these two little ones, Adam and Josephine, I mean they could not be here right now, but they are through a miracle," said Michelle, "and i feel very blessed that they got that outcome."

She says even though there's still a long way to go, the future is promising.

"We just want all the families to know that they have a network of support available to them," said Paul.

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