'I was on my way to work last October when Frankielen called begging me to come back home urgently.'
'She said her head was killing her. I told her to take a tablet.'
'But she said there was a sharp pain at the back of her neck and it was so strong she felt she was going to collapse.'
His husband ,Muriel Padilha, 24, rushed home to find his wife shaking, crying, dizzy and vomiting from the pain.
'As I drove her to hospital, she said "I want you to be prepared to accept this because I will be staying there, I won't be coming home".'
'Then she passed out and those were the last words she spoke to me and the last time I saw her alive.'
Attending Physicians had identified Frankielen suffered cerebral haemorrhage – a vein had burst inside her head and she arrived at the hospital with severe bleeding on the brain.
‘They told me they would give the babies three more days of life because they had given my wife multiple CT scans, sedated her with powerful drugs and pumped her full of antibiotics and this meant everything had ended up in our babies.
‘They said as soon as their little hearts stopped beating, they would turn off the gadgets and I would be able to bury my wife.’ he said.
But the babies’ hearts continued beating.
‘We did an ultrasound on the embryos thinking they would be failing in the womb but to our surprise they were clinging to life.
‘Frankielen’s organs were all intact and working as if she was still with us. We took the decision to keep her alive to save her unborn children. And every day we watched them grow normally.’
Dr. Dalton Rivabem, Neurological ICU head, stated in the news.
They had then decided to save the the embryos inside her womb by attaching Frankielen to life support until the time the twins are viable for delivery via Cesarean Section.
The whole medical team in charge (doctors, nurses, physiotherapist etc.) take turns in regularly singing, talking caressing Frankielen's tummy to replicate the environment of pregnancy.
"And we decorated the area around Frankielen's bed. The ICU was filled with love, affection and encouragement for the babies and their family to succeed. We said, "we love you" every day they were here." Dr. Rivabem added.
Days then weeks passed by and the young embryos thrive in their mother’s womb. Frankielen was kept alive, her body consistent responding to medications and treatment, for 123 days (4 months) - the longest time to-date.
Ms. Padilha's life support system was finally switched off after her twins, Ana Vitoria (1.4 kg) and her brother Asaph (1.3 kg) was delivered via C-Section February of this year.
'I'm so proud of my daughter. It's been hard losing her but she was a warrior right until the end, protecting her beautiful children and giving them life until the day she finally died."
Angela Silva, Frankielen's mother said in a statement.
Althought born prematurely, the twins were kept in incubators until they fully mature and is now being taken care of by Ms. Silva and Muriel .
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