Fort Drum mother and newborn daughters making progress at Crouse Hospital
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:23:40 GMT —
Jenna Hinman's family is grateful that her condition is improving and that her two young daughters can now be in an open air crib. Jenna is still on life support but has been able to squeeze family members hands. Hinman's story has captivated people around the world. She has been fighting a rare cancer that doctors found while performing an emergency C-section to deliver her twins and was in a medically induced coma for almost a month.
"I knew she wouldn't give up. we just needed time for that chemo to get working and that's what the doctors told us. If we could get through 7-10 days we had a ball game," said her husband Brandon.
Her newborn daughters, Azlynn and Kinleigh, only weighed three pounds when they were delivered by c-section 30 weeks into the pregnancy. Both girls had only been allowed limited exposure to room air because their condition was so fragile. When Brandon Hinman learned it was safe for him to hold his young daughters, he waited at first - wishing Jenna could have shared the moment
"This whole thing has been bittersweet. It's a great feeling, holding the girls and feeding the girls but it's obviously not how we planned it. I wish my wife was there and she was doing it with me," said Brandon.
More than 200 thousand people have liked the Prayers for Jenna facebook page.
The page says, "The power of prayer is evident - thank you all for the amazing continued support for Jenna, Brandon, and the girls."
Jenna's mother and husband say the love and support helps keep everyone strong while they hope she will continue to make improve.
"It's great to be able to see her wink at Brandon and put up the 'I love you' sign with her hand. You know it's Jenna and she's there and she wants to get better too," said her mother Kim Blaisdell.
Jenna's family is hopeful that Azlynn and Kinleigh will be released from the hospital and able to go home soon but no exact date has been set.
There was concern the cancer had spread to them as well, but so far no cancerous cells have been detected.