An online fundraising campaign has been launched in support of a Cannington couple and their newborn twins that were born three months premature.
Justine Hone and Steve Varrin welcomed the duo, named David and Kevin, into the world on Nov. 16 after pregnancy complications forced doctors at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto to perform an emergency C-section. Combined, they weighed less than three pounds.
“The boys are doing well,” Hone said in an interview Tuesday (Dec. 18) night.
“They have both been extubated and are breathing on CPAP now. We have gotten over some pretty big hurdles to get where we are now. They are gaining weight and are approximately 2.5 pounds each.”
The babies are expected to remain in hospital until at least February, their anticipated due date.
“It was not easy but the boys are fighters and they continue to show their strength. These boys are very special and I know there are many of you who know the hardships and complications that come attached to situations like these, which is why I ask you to help support the twins and their family this holiday season,” reads a post on the fundraising page written by family friend Teralee Taylor.
“Justine and her husband live in Cannington with their oldest son who is five. As you may not know it is roughly an hour and a half drive one way from their home just to see their babies at Sunnybrook Hospital. Not only is the travelling difficult, gas and parking are also major costs for this family just to be together.”
More than $1,000 has been raised for the couple thus far. Donations of receiving blankets, crib sheets, blankets, bottles, newborn clothes, facecloths, towels and other items would also be welcomed.
“We’re completely overwhelmed and so grateful. We could have never imagined the love and support we have received from friends, family, community members and complete strangers. We are so thankful and blessed to be cared for by so many,” she said.
“This has been such a difficult journey so far and we wouldn’t be able to do any of this without support.”
For more information, or to make a donation, click HERE.