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Hospital helps save babies lives

By Curtis McCloud -   bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -Nine months ago Jamie and Toby Horton were experiencing one of the toughest times in their lives. Their twin boys Tyler and Tanner were born 10 weeks early at Columbus Regional Hospital.

"You feel totally helpless when you walk in and you see them lying there in incubators with wires attached to them and you can't touch them," Jamie Horton said.

The Horton's didn't get a chance to hold their newborn babies until they were two and three days old. Jamie Horton says it all came out of nowhere.

"We went to a routine doctor's appointment and we were told unexpectedly that we had to have the boys early," Horton said.

Doctor Peter Resnick was part of team that took care of Tyler and Tanner. Resnick says that parents that have children in the neo-natal unit go through a lot of stress.

"It's incredibly different for the family I think they wonder if their babies are going to make it through the process, are they going to be okay, they have good days and they have bad days," Resnick said.

Luckily for the Horton's they didn't have many bad days. According to the Horton's tanner pulled off his ventilator the first night. Tyler wasn't far behind, with additional medication he soon pulled through.

"They sailed through their time in the neo-natal unit they were just early," Jamie Horton said.

Today, at 9 months old, both are doing just fine.

"They are healthy happy babies and we owe it all to the doctors and the nurses at the neo-natal unit because without them our story may not have ended as happily as it did," Jamie Horton said.

Tonight the Horton's were asked to speak at the annual tree lighting ceremony at Columbus Regional. Their oldest daughter Taylor did the honor of lighting the tree.

"The doctors and nurses here have I think one of the hardest jobs imaginable, they have to heal sick babies and help parents cope with what they are going through and we are forever grateful for them and they will always be a part of our family," Horton said.

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