Roxanne Montalvo-Tsai’s twins both survived risky surgeries after being born with a congenital heart defect that necessitated open heart surgery shortly after birth. Now the beautiful little girls are ready to spend a happy and healthy holiday with their family. It will be baby Jasmine and Selena’s first Christmas.
In addition to their miracle twins, 39-year-old Roxanne Montalvo-Tsai and her husband, Stephen, are parents to a 2-year-old boy named Jordan. The couple was trying to conceive a little brother for their only child when they conceived their precious twin girls.
“We were just trying to make one brother for Jordan and we ended up getting two sisters with heart defects,” Roxanne told the New York Daily News in an exclusive interview. “But they’re still gorgeous.”
Jasmine and Selena were delivered via C-section on Thursday May 1, 2014 at 6:05 a.m. and 6:06 a.m at Columbia-NY Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital.
Montalvo-Tsai’s twins were diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) while still in the womb. The rare congenital heart disease is marked by a hole in the heart called a ventricular septal defect, which causes oxygenated and deoxygenated blood to mix in the left ventricle. The condition may cause hypoxic (due to oxygen deprivation) brain injury and even death.
The online fundraising site YouCaring has an active campaign for the twins’ parents. Thus far, the couple is $200 short of their modest $5,000 goal with less than three weeks remaining on their campaign.
An August update on YouCaring indicated that one twin will likely need additional surgery within several years, while both girls will need additional procedures as teens.
Prior to becoming a mother to twins, Montalvo-Tsai was a Zumba instructor. Her Facebook page Zumba Fitness With Roxanne details the early days of Jasmine and Selena’s live,s along with precious photos and links to more information about life with babies diagnosed with TOF.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, a pair of conjoined twins died a little more than one day after being delivered via C-section at Atlanta’s Northside Hospital earlier this month. The baby boys were born to Michael and Robin Hamby of Alabama. The 34-year-old parents expressed gratitude for the time they were able to spend with little Asa and Eli Hamby, who shared the same body, arms, and legs. The twin boys also shared a single heart, which developed an irregular beat shortly after their arrival into the world.
[Image of Roxanne Montalvo-Tsai twins via Facebook]