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Sad News

The triplet community is a close-knit community, both online and in real life.  There just aren't that many of us, so we tend to stick together.  So when tragedy hits a triplet family, we all feel it whether we know the family personally or not.

Today, tragedy struck a family I know well, and I am truly heartbroken for this family who has already been through so much.  My good friend, A, has 28 month old triplet boys.  She fought so hard to have those boys, suffered a tremendously difficult miscarriage, a difficult journey through infertility, and finally got pregnant with these beautiful triplets.  She was on complete bed rest for most of the pregnancy, and literally nearly died while delivering them.  Suffice it to say, she's had more than her share of suffering in this world.

Today, her nanny put her boys down for a nap as always, and went out to the back porch to get a breath of fresh air, only to discover that the porch was engulfed in flames.  She alerted the boys' father, who was home, and ran upstairs to get the boys out of their cribs.  Unfortunately, by that time, the fire had spread too far, and the nanny, the boys, and the father were trapped in the house.  Firefighters rushed to the scene and were able to get them out of the house, but had some difficulty getting the boys out of the cribs because of the crib tents. 

The father was treated for inhalation injuries and minor burns and sent to a local hospital.  The triplets were rushed to Children's Hospital for inhalation injuries.  Though most news stories reported that the boys were in critical condition and suffered serious burns (2nd and 3rd degree), my understanding, from more reliable sources) is that the boys did NOT suffer serious burns and are in serious, but NOT critical condition.  UPDATE:  The boys suffered severe inhalation injuries and have been intubated and sedated.  They are in critical condition, but did not suffer any burn injuries.  They are expected to spend at least a week to 10 days in the hospital.

The house is completely destroyed.  It took over 75 firefighters to put the fire out.  They still don't know what started the fire.

AS, the mother, was in Philadelphia today, but obviously has rushed back to be with her husband and children.  She is obviously so lucky that her husband and children should be okay, but this is an incredibly traumatic experience to have to go through, particularly so close to the holidays. 

It astounds me how quickly the triplet community rallied around the family to help them. Not just the triplet community, but the multiples community in general, actually.  I was first alerted to the situation by the President of the Parents of Multiples Club that I am on the board for.  Shortly thereafter, I got an email from my triplets group.  By then, AS had already been offered a place to stay, another triplet mom was at the hospital with the family, and we were working together to see what the family needed.

Mostly what the family needs right this instant is thoughts and prayers.  But soon, they will need clothes and toys and books for the children (not to mention themselves).  They have lost everything, really.  Everything.  I've already gotten a couple offers of things from other triplet moms from further out who are going to give me some things to give to AS, and I am sure there will be more offers.  I know that another difficult aspect of this is that this is coming so close to the holidays, and I have no idea what this will mean for their Christmas celebrations.   Hopefully, we'll be able to rally around to help them with that as well. 

I am heartbroken for them, but so proud of the community I belong to now.  We really do take care of each other.  My thoughts and prayers are with AS and her family tonight.

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pocketnaomi From: pocketnaomi Date: December 4th, 2008 05:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I am so sorry for the family, but relieved that everyone got out and is likely to recover. I lost a friend to a house fire not quite a year ago and I remember being told that Greg didn't make it out. The triplets and their parents will be in my thoughts.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 4th, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, thank heavens everyone made it out. They lost everything in the fire - but not the most important things.
cleobatya From: cleobatya Date: December 4th, 2008 05:59 am (UTC) (Link)
thank G-d the family is ok. when i read your post i expected the worst, but was really relieved to hear that they will be ok. its very sad that they lost everything, and will undoubtedly be difficult to recover and get back on their feet. but stuff can be replaced. with love and support they will heal. BH. it is wonderful to see people understanding what community means and helping each other out.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 4th, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, stuff can be replaced, and it's amazing to see how quickly people are rallying around to help them. Thank heavens the family and the nanny are okay.
hipstamom From: hipstamom Date: December 4th, 2008 07:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh thankfully everyone is o.k. I'm just so grateful that she still has her family.

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 4th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes. Thank heavens they still have each other. The boys will likely be in the hospital for 10 days at least, but then they should be able to be released. They were pretty early preemies, so I'm not sure what the long-term consequences of the smoke inhalation will be.
gingy From: gingy Date: December 4th, 2008 10:20 am (UTC) (Link)
That's so awful, my heart goes out to them.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 4th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. It's really awful.
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: December 4th, 2008 12:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
i dont even know what to say. that would terrify me
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 4th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
it's horrible. They've lost everything.
ailsaek From: ailsaek Date: December 4th, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is there a Paypal account to send donations to yet?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 4th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
There is not one set up for them directly. However, you could paypal it to me and I promise I'll be honest about getting it to them (the parents of multiples club that she and I belong to is collecting donations for them, but we don't have a paypal account set up for the club - I'll suggest it to them). The other thing people could do is send checks directly to the multiples club - I can send the address if anyone wants it. You're so sweet to ask.
zis770 From: zis770 Date: December 4th, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wish I still had all my baby clothes from the triplets. B"H everyone is recovering.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 4th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank heavens, they're recovering. Your triplets are probably smaller than hers. They're 28 months - but they're wearing 3T and 4T clothes (mostly 4T)! They are TALL!
zis770 From: zis770 Date: December 4th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Right, ka"h they are [: Mine are also probably 28 months and falling out of their sized 2T pants. Okay so now they're starting to fit them a little.
real_bethy From: real_bethy Date: December 4th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Baruch HaShem that they are okay! How horrible! My family's house caught on fire when I was in high school and while it was not this devastating, I remember how awful it was. Losing everything you own is so hard. I'm so glad that they have each other.

I'm praying for this family.
mrn613 From: mrn613 Date: December 4th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank G-d everyone will be okay. He was definitely looking out for them.
batya_d From: batya_d Date: December 4th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
B"H everyone will be ok... and B"H for the internet for connecting people in times of need like this.
rlitterst From: rlitterst Date: December 4th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Our thoughts and prayers are with them!
kressel From: kressel Date: December 4th, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh my! May Hashem help them to have a refua sheleima!
cellio From: cellio Date: December 5th, 2008 12:14 am (UTC) (Link)
How frightening and sad! I'm glad the community is there for them.
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