TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A local mother is sharing her story in hopes of helping other families.
Mom Kayla Singhurse says the two hours she had with her twin boys will never be long enough but they were beautiful moments shared with family and friends.
"I gave birth to Dean Jackson Singhurse and Tucker Alan Singhurse, two beautiful little baby boys. They have my heart."
Kayla says she was having a normal pregnancy but, at 21 weeks, everything changed. It was January 1st, 2016 when she says she started vomiting. By the 4th her pain had worsened and the next day she started having contractions.
"Unfortunately, I had what was known as a placental abruption causing me to go into pre-labor."
Doctors say there was nothing they or Kayla could have done to prevent the abruption. The babies had to be delivered and there was little that could be done to save them.
At the time, parents Kayla and Grant were unmarried.
"Before I gave birth, my husband asked me if I would like to get married and my dad called in the minister and my husband and I were married on January the 5th, 2016 at Union Hospital while we still had the boys with us."
The staff at Union Hospital in Terre Haute provided the newlyweds red velvet cupcakes and brought them dinner.
The boys were born after the couple said their vows.
"I did everything every other mother would do. I held my boys. I kissed them. I loved them. I let everyone hold them."
Kayla new she would miss out on many celebrations with her children so she welcomed family and friends into the hospital room. She says it is one of her fondest memories.
"I welcomed everyone in because I all wanted them to experience what I was experiencing and God was moving, He was moving in that room, and He used my sons to do so."
"I will never forget looking up and seeing all those people standing around me and knowing how much I am loved and my sons are loved."
Grant held the boys in their final moments.
"Dean passed away first and we saw Tucker just take a little breath and then he passed away also and my husband looked down at me and said they're gone."
Kayla says the hospital staff and support from the RTS Bereavement program at Union Hospital helped get them through an experience they never planned.
"She helped us set up funeral arrangements and picked out clothes and gave us baby blankets, just everything that we didn't expect at 21 weeks, she made sure that we had."
The Singhurse family, including daughter Ava, has since made it their mission to help other families.
More than six hundred babies died across the state of Indiana in 2016, according to experts. Ten of those deaths were in Vigo county.
Kayla says, "We may not be able to directly effect those statistics and change that. I may not be able to help that, however, I can help with the support."
The family has raised more than four thousand dollars for the March of Dimes and was the ambassador family last year.
They are now focusing on the RTS Bereavement program. Kayla is accepting material donations like blankets, preemie clothes, artificial flowers, scrap booking materials and photo albums.
If you would like to donate, Kayla Singhurse can be reached at (812) 870-0294.
For more information about RTS Bereavement you can call Union Hospital at (812) 238-7000.
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