Joy turns to fear as a young couple finds the twins they're expecting have a rare diagnosis, one which puts their lives in danger.
Paige and Ella Bailey are little fighters.
Almost 4-months-old, these girls have defied the odds.
The news something was wrong came just days after Sally and Brandon Bailey found out they were expecting twins.
“Paige was growing significantly more than Ella was,” Sally said.
The Bailey's had a lost a baby just weeks earlier, so finding out there was a problem with the twins hit this couple hard.
“Every day was just kind of, we felt on edge. It was tough,” Brandon said.
The girls had something called 'Twin to Twin Transfusion Sequence.'
“Vessels from twin A, if you will, are very close to vessels from twin B,” Dr. Marvin Williams, a maternal fetal medicine specialist with OU Medical Center, said.
In many cases, those vessels connect completely.
“Essentially changing one baby into a donor, donating its blood supply to the recipient twin,” Dr. Williams said.
It's what was happening; little Ella was becoming the donor to Paige.
"It's one of those things where one day they can be perfectly fine and the next day, if you don't do surgery within hours, then they die,” Sally said.
Sally and Brandon were referred from Oklahoma City to specialists at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston.
The answer was a risky, in-utero surgery where doctors use a laser to seal off the vessels.
“It's a very high risk and specialized procedure,” Dr. Williams said.
“There were nights where we didn't really sleep much and we cried,” Brandon said.
Told the surgery would need to happen a few weeks later, the Bailey's were sent home where they began to pray.
“Literally, people all over the world started praying over our girls and slowly things started getting better,” Sally said.
They ended up moving from Oklahoma City to Dallas, working with specialists there and taking every effort to save their babies.
Weeks later, at 34 weeks pregnant, Sally delivered both girls.
That risky surgery never happened. Miraculously, things just worked themselves out.
A specialist in Houston said out of the 900 cases of Twin to Twin Transfusion he's seen, Paige and Ella were only the 10th case to survive without the surgery.
“What a cool miracle that we got to be a part of,” Sally said.
In fact, Ella, the so-called donor baby, was the healthiest. She left the hospital just two weeks after birth.
Paige was born with a congenital heart defect, needing surgery and spending two and a half months in the NICU. There were many battles to save her little life.
“We thought we're not going to have our little girl. This beautiful, amazing child isn't going to come home,” Sally said.
In fact, the girls spent their first several weeks after birth apart.
Sally and Brandon are amazed by the journey they've had in just a year's time.
They are grateful for the prayers of so many and the caring hands of those who helped their girls survive.
“We have been surrounded by medical professionals that don't just treat children, they treat families,” Sally said.
Paige and Ella are doing well, but Paige does still have some medical concerns. Paige will be having another surgery on Feb. 23.