During a normal checkup ultrasound, which she goes to every two weeks, the doctors saw extra fluid in the abdominals and enlarged heart in twin A as well as possible lack of fluid and blood being transferred from twin B. Twin to twin transfusion was suspected, but Niki was admitted to the hospital to do additional ultrasounds and more research into the possible causes of these issues. Niki was admitted to San Diego Medical Center at around 11:30 AM on September 14th. A great team of nurses and doctors have been caring for Niki and making her feel as comfortable as possible and she is not in pain at this time. Niki was given steroids specifically to help the twins' lung development in the case of their early birth. These steroids take a minimum of 24 hours to kick in properly with 48 hours being prime time for them. After an almost 2 hour ultra sound all of the suspicions about original diagnosis were confirmed. Twin to twin transfusion is what the doctors are agreeing on for a diagnosis. Twin B (the donor in this case) is giving their fluids and blood and not receiving it back while Twin A (the receiver) is getting too much fluid (some in the abdominal area) and has one chamber of the heart that is enlarged. Twin A is measuring at 2 lbs and 12 oz and Twin B is measuring at 1 lb 10 oz. Niki was moved to UCSD Jacobs Medical Center at 6 PM on September 14th due to the previous hospital not having space in the NICU. She will have to do another ultrasound and bloodwork to get her information and they will confirm what is going on. As many of you know, Mark was in Zion with Ari and Dominic and his brothers Greg and Peter. At about 5pm Mark and the boys left to come down to San Diego. He should arrive around midnight on September 14th. Niki's sister Lara is currently with her at the hospital until Mark arrives. The news we have received thus far is that Niki will be having the twins (most likely by c section as natural birth would be too stressful on the babies) by the time 48 hours has elapsed on the steroids. This would be around noon on Saturday September 16.
We are asking for continued prayers at this time! The babies need more time to grow and develop but the doctors believe they can more properly care for them outside the womb and they are in danger inside of Niki because of the twins not properly receiving the balanced nutrients they need. There is a delicate balance between keeping them in and monitoring them but delivering when the babies are in danger of their situation worsening. We are confident the doctors have Niki and the twins' best interests in mind. We will update this website as we can! God bless!