The Sperling Family
On September 18th, 2010 we found out that we were expecting! And when our third sonogram indicated we were having twins – we were absolutely thrilled!
As the weeks and months passed, we learned more about genetic screening and baby ultrasounds than we ever thought possible. While our son, Sam, was growing beautifully, his twin brother Wesley was developing more slowly due to a condition known as Selective Intrauterine Growth Restriction (sIUGR). Bi-weekly doctor’s appointments, and a lot of love and support from our family and friends, kept our spirits up, but what we never expected was that our greatest joy would be coupled with our deepest sorrow.
On March 26th, nine weeks prior to our sons’ expected due date, we learned that our son Wesley did not survive his developmental challenges. The strain of the pregnancy and the complications that had ensued for thirty-one weeks and one day left us only with the sweetest of memories. However, our fight was not over.
On March 28th, 2011, just two days after the loss of our beautiful Wesley, our little ray of sunshine, Sam, came into this world. Weighing only four pounds, Sam spent his first days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ. Under the watchful and loving care of the dedicated staff, Sam--despite his fragile chances for survival, made spectacular progress. After just 4 weeks, we were able to bring him home. Sam’s progress during his weeks in the NICU resulted in him becoming the healthy, robust, hysterically funny and wonderful 6 year old boy he is today!
Thanks to the skill and dedication of Sam’s doctors, nurses and technicians, and the state-of-the-art technology in the NICU, Sam’s thriving health is a testament to our experience at Saint Barnabas Medical Center.
On Sunday, October 8th, 2017, we invite you to join us as we participate in the 17th Annual Miracle Walk. All proceeds raised will help benefit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Saint Barnabas Medical Center and will go directly toward the purchase of the most advanced life-saving equipment and medical technology, available. Every year, more than 1,100 babies are treated at the Saint Barnabas NICU. Miracle Walk helps to ensure that these babies not only survive, but thrive!
If you are unable to join us in our quest, please consider sponsoring our team by making a financial contribution directly to the walk. As always, every generous donation you make on our behalf is 100% tax-deductible.
We thank you in advance for your heartfelt contribution!
With love and sincere gratitude,
Annie, Adam, Sam & Evelyn