Preemie twins and Cerebral Palsy: How the Children’s Health Foundation helped support this West Shore family

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They were born 14 weeks too early – identical twin boys, facing a lifetime of challenges.

At first, Tracey and her husband, Jordan, didn’t know if Nolan and Asher would even survive.  They couldn’t breathe or eat on their own.  But the tiny babies were fighters.  After five long months, the couple got the news they were hoping for – they could bring their new sons home.

“I still remember that day so clearly,” Tracey says.  “The pure joy we felt was indescribable.  But there was fear too.  How would we take care of these extremely fragile babies?”

Before Tracey could feel too lost, the Early Childhood Development team from the Queen Alexandra Centre, funded by the Children’s Health Foundation, entered the picture. Shortly after Tracey and Jordan brought their little ones home, they began receiving visits from the Queen Alexandra Early Childhood Development consultants. But that was just the beginning.

The boys were diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Asher at one year old and Nolan at three. The twins then received help from a range of child-focused specialists, and Queen Alexandra Early Childhood Development consultants provided Tracey’s family with support, services and hope.

“The first five years of my sons’ lives were more challenging than you can probably imagine,” Tracey admits.  “But through it all, we had one constant – our Early Childhood Development team.  These amazing people were always there holding my hand – often figuratively, but also sometimes literally.”

As the twins got closer to starting kindergarten, fear started creeping in again.  Tracey wondered what would happen once her boys graduated out of our Early Childhood Development program.  Who would answer her questions?  Where would she turn for advice and understanding?

A physiotherapist gave Tracey the reassurance she needed.  “It’s your turn now,” she said.  “We were there to support you and help prepare you for doing this on your own.  You’re ready.”

The physiotherapist was right.  Tracey was ready.  Today, her boys are in a typical Grade 3 classroom with tons of friends.  They’re doing great, thanks in part to our incredible donors.

Help support Island families like this by participating in Fuel Good Day. On September 18, fill up your tank at a participating Peninsula Co-op location on the Island, knowing that 5 cents from every litre sold will support the Children’s Health Foundation. Read more about Fuel Good Day here.