Family Takes Twins Home

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A Lexington family is celebrating Friday, now that their twin newborns are home after spending the past 68 days in the neonatal ICU. “We’re just so blessed with these babies, and I’m so glad they’re home,” mother Melissa Burke said. Her sons, Trace and Tucker, were actually born on October 22, but they were not due until January. The night before, Melissa said she was at the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital all night, having contractions. The doctors gave her shots to make them stop, but they did not help. “We got home. We stayed here maybe 15, 20 minutes and then we left again. We knew we had to get to the hospital,” Burke said. But the twins could not wait. Trace was born in the car on the way to the hospital, and Tucker was born in the parking lot. “The whole way to the hospital I prayed, ‘Just please let them be alive.’ They’re little miracles.” They were alive, but not well enough to leave anytime soon. Trace finally came home last Wednesday, and Tucker on Thursday night, but he still needs an oxygen tank to help him breathe for a couple months. But the family is just glad they are together at last. “[Thursday’s] probably the best day I’ve had in my whole life to get the whole family here together at once, overwhelming, really,” father Robbie Burke said. A great way to start the new year.

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