Liz started having significant contractions late last night. After trying unsuccessfully to stop the contractions with medication, they made the decision to go ahead with the cessarian section and deliver the girls early this morning one day short of 27 weeks. Corinne Margaret and Kaitlyn Elizabeth McCarthy were born around 7am this morning. Both girls were between 1 lb 10 oz and 1 lb 14 oz, not sure exactly depending on the metric conversion done by different nurses.
Unfortunately, Corinne Margaret (also known as the prom queen) passed away approximately 3 hours later. She was definitely a fighter, and Liz and Brian had the opportunity to hold her and comfort her. As Liz put it to me, Corinne was alive for only 3 hours, but her memory lives on with them forever.
Kaitlyn Elizabeth is healthy and in the NICU with constant supervision. The doctors have said she's stable and that, given how premature she is, everything looks good with no immediate problems apparent. The next few days, weeks, and months will obviously be extremely important.
Mother and father are doing ok, considering the difficulty of the events of the last 12 hours. Liz made it through the surgery fine. They are trying to come to terms with both the miracle of new lives as well as the passing of one. The only thing they ask for at this point is for people to keep the McCarthy family in their thoughts, both in celebration and in mourning.
Thank you to everyone for their thoughts and prayers through this difficult period, I will try and keep this updated as things change.
garystolz [at symbol] stolzfamily.com