MIAMI (AP) - Newborn twins airlifted to Miami from a Caribbean island were doing well and ready to make their way home to New Jersey, their doctors said Tuesday.
Sydney and Serena Lazarus were born April 8 in Anguilla, where their parents were attending a wedding. Angela Lazarus' doctors had approved her travel even though she was 27 weeks pregnant with twins. Her due date was July 5.
While on the island, Lazarus began experiencing pain and was rushed to a hospital on the island where she went into early labor. The twins were born weighing two pounds and their lungs were not fully developed.
The hospital did not have advanced medical care for the twins. Nurses had to place the babies on a table under a heat lamp while they manually pumped a bag with oxygen for 12 hours.
About 22 hours after they were born, the twins were airlifted to Holtz Children's Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Jackson officials had sent two planes equipped with critical care units to transport the babies.
On Wednesday, the twins will be flown to a hospital near their home in Marlton, N.J. Doctors say they should be out of the hospital in a few weeks.
"We expect that their prognosis will be excellent and that they'll be two thriving young ladies." Said Dr. Ilene Sosenko, a neonatologist at the hospital in Miami.
The Holtz Pediatric Transport Team sent down to bring the babies back from Anguilla included two doctors, four nurses and two respiratory therapists. They made up two teams traveling on separate planes. The twins' mother, Angela, flew back with one baby while their father, Evan, flew back with the other.
"These eight people arrive - nurses and physicians from Jackson," Evan Lazarus recalled of the night his daughters were born. "They have beautiful looking medical equipment. It was night and day different from where we were. They just took charge."
"You feel like angels descended and I'm being rescued," Angela Lazarus said. "My girls are doing well because of the care they received here. Thank God I was able to get here and give them the best chance they could get."
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