This is what miracles are made of. A family in Brazil is mourning the loss of a mother and celebrating the incredible birth of her twin babies. Frankielen da Silva Zampoli Padilha died of a stroke while nine weeks pregnant, in October 2017.
Doctors were able to save the embryos when they noticed their hearts still beating in the womb. Frankielen was brain dead, but her body was still nurturing her unborn children.
The hospital staff at Nosso Senhora do Rocio decorated the mother’s hospital room, and they sang and talked to the growing embryos in the womb.
“We did an ultrasound on the embryos, thinking they would be failing in the womb but, to our surprise, they were clinging to life,” her physician, Dr. Dalton Rivabem, told Caters TV. “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.”
After 123 days, Frankielen gave birth via C-section. The twins, one boy and one girl, were kept in incubators for three months and are now being watched over by their father, Muriel Padilha, and grandmother Angela Silva.
“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 said.
Muriel believes Frankielen’s spirit has spoken to him — and told him that she has gone on to a better place.
“Frankielen has appeared to me on many occasions, especially when I was despairing and crying out for God to bring her back to me,” he recalled. “One night, she sat on my bed and said, ‘Baby, I can’t come back to you anymore. I must stay. I am in a beautiful place now. You’ve got a big mission still to complete. You have to look after our children, and you have to be strong and move on and live your life.’”
Frankielen’s life support was turned off after she gave birth. The family will finally get to give her a proper burial and honor her life through her two miracle twins.