Mix 93.1 logo
Get our free mobile app

Hanging with these two three year olds that are full of energy, fun loving basic toddlers, you would never know they had to fight a pretty hard fight at the beginning of their life.

Both Ashley and Garret Bush were ecstatic when they found out they were expecting twins! However, once Ashley’s CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic obstetrician identified their pregnancy as an uncommon monochorionic-diamniotic pregnancy (meaning the babies were so close they shared the same placenta), the Bush family knew there was the possibility of complications.

​When Ashley’s water broke unexpectedly, she was rushed to surgery for an emergency C-section to save her and the babies, who were just 28-weeks-old. Garrett was left wondering if he would ever see his wife or babies again. It was the morning of Mother’s Day, 2018. After the babies were born, Ashley was quickly transferred to the ICU and put on a ventilator since she was still unable to breathe. The twin girls, named Emma and Lilly, weighed just 2.6 and 2.9 lbs and had to fight for their lives in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler. Neither baby could breathe on her own and had to be closely monitored.

When Ashley finally got to see her babies, she knew they were truly tiny miracles, but their road ahead would be anything but smooth. Lilly, the smaller of the twins, had several challenges including multiple blood transfusions, difficulty feeding, and a scary bout with necrotizing enterocolitis, a potentially devastating disease that affects the intestine of premature infants. Both girls had reflux issues and multiple bradycardia events, meaning they would spontaneously stop breathing for no apparent reason. Ashley remembers those NICU days as difficult but an incredible blessing.

“I was there fourteen hours a day. I would come first thing in the morning and wouldn’t leave until I had to. It was so scary when one of the babies would stop breathing and the alarms would all go off and the nurses would rush in, but I took every chance I could just to hold them. While I knew our girls were in the best hands possible, it was so hard to see all these other parents taking their babies home while mine had to stay. But the nurses and doctors were always there for us. They sat with us, they prayed with us, they even helped us give our girls their first bath. I will always remember their kindness during the hardest part of our lives.

After 83 long days, the Bush Family finally got to bring their twins home. Lilly remained on an apnea monitor for several weeks, but both girls quickly grew and thrived and miraculously have no residual health issues. Now, as energetic and inseparable three-year-olds, Emma and Lilly keep their parents’ hands and hearts full.

Your Support Of CMN Helps Purchase Equipment Like This

By supporting the Mix With Kids Children's Miracle Network Radiothon, your dollars are being put to great use to purchase items like this to help children throughout the entire hospital system and not just CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital, but the clinics and ambulance services too

The East Texas Faces Of The Children's Miracle Network

Thanks to your support of the Children's Miracle Network, your dollars have been put to great use and have helped these East Texas families.

The Longview And Tyler Restaurants That Should Be Resurrected

The popular eating joints once served thousands of East Texans. Unfortunately, they're just a memory now and East Texans want them back

Here's Where To Find Fantastic Burgers In Tyler

Burger options seem unlimited in Tyler, just like burger toppings. We've got a list of some of the most fantastic burger joints in town right here.

A Look Inside One Of Tyler's Most Expensive Homes

This beautiful property is located near Lake Tyler and nearly encompasses 70 acres.

A Look inside Longview's Most Expensive Home

1 Thorntree Dr in Longview is the most expensive home currently on the market in Longview.

A Look Inside Jacksonville's Most Expensive Home

It's not about the size of the home in this case, but the overall expanse of the property it sits on.

More From Mix 93.1