When Kaylie DeShane found out she was pregnant with triplets, she was thrilled!
But she never imagined the struggles she would go through to birth these children.
In this powerful video, she shares how those struggles pointed to God’s love and faithfulness every step of the way!
Kaylie and her husband, Brandon, had worked with a fertility clinic for some time to get pregnant, so they were overjoyed to welcome three more children into their family (in addition to their older daughter Navaeh and son Holden).
The couple had no inkling that their triplets would cause a stir from the moment they were born.
Kaylie was only 22 weeks pregnant when her water broke and knew there was every chance her triplets wouldn’t survive.
“When my water broke, I burst into tears because I didn’t think they could survive being born so early,” Kaylie explained.
“I thought it was all over.”
Kaylie and Brandon immediately rushed to the University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMC), where they received all the help that modern medicine could provide—all while praying for God’s mercy.
UVMC’s expert team of nurses and doctors was standing by to help Kaylie deliver her children, but they were all worried.
“It seemed like there were dozens of healthcare workers in the delivery room, all in yellow gowns, awaiting three tiny triplets,” said Hannah Jackman, a UVMC nurse.
“I was one of them, and I remember my heart feeling like it was leaving my chest as I watched [the] parents sob and pray.”
“I wanted a miracle for this family so badly.”
It seemed the whole hospital was praying for a miracle—and God answered those prayers!
The first baby, Cian, was delivered on December 28, 2019. At just 22 weeks and six days, he was one of the youngest babies ever delivered at UVMC.
Cian weighed just 1.08 pounds and needed emergency intervention to survive.
Six days later on January 2, 2020, Cian’s identical twin brother Declan was delivered. Fraternal sister Rowan followed just moments after.
All three of the babies were fragile, but they were alive!
Kaylie and Brandon couldn’t believe that their micro-preemies had survived the natural birth process, but there were many more struggles to come.
“Do everything to save them,” the parents begged the medical staff, and the UVMC team stepped up.
UVMC doctors and nurses poured their time and energy into taking care of the premature triplets, spending hours feeding them and keeping them on incubators.
“Every organ and system in these extremely low birth-weight babies is ill-prepared to meet the world,” said Dr. Roger Soll, a neonatologist at UVMC.
But despite the challenges they faced, the three babies fought like champions, inspiring every medical professional who encountered them along the journey.
“It is a relationship like no other—these parents are trusting you with their newborn,” admitted Julia Watsky, one of the primary nurses involved in the triplets’ care.
Watsky marveled at Declan’s journey from micro-preemie to thriving infant, drawing strength from his growth and tenacity in the face of adversity.
“After seeing him grow from just over 1 pound, to learning how to eat, how to breathe on his own, and so much more in between—I was so proud of him.”
The other nurses agreed, admitting that their tiny charges inspired them to dream bigger and fight harder in every area of life.
“I got to spend four months caring for this tiny but might human, watching in amazement as he overcame obstacle after obstacle,” said Nurse Jackman, speaking of Cian.
Against all odds—including COVID-19—the triplets continued to grow and thrive, reaching milestone after milestone and delighting family and nurses alike.
The UVMC staff was amazed by the babies’ persistence, taking lessons from their survival to help future micro-preemies.
“It really is amazing [to work with these triplets],” said Dr. Deirdre O’Reilly.
“You can learn about the numbers of premature infants that survive, but really experiencing it with the parents and seeing the joy in their faces, and the kids too, it’s just magnificent.”
Now, all three triplets are home with their family, thriving as healthy 8-month-old infants.
Kaylie and Brandon are grateful for every day they get to spend with their children, and they encourage others to practice faith in difficult situations like theirs.
“You take it one day at a time,” Kaylie admitted.
“You look back later and you have no idea how you did it.”
Praise God for His faithfulness and His zeal for life! Let’s pray that all babies can receive this kind of life-saving care and love.
See her powerful video telling the story in her own words: