Second set of babies healthy and happy
Marc Bence/for metro edmonton
Eleanor Ogedengbe and her husband Ayo have been changing a lot of diapers lately.
Eleanor gave birth to two beautiful babies in December — just two-and-a-half years after their arrival of their first set of twin girls, Tayo and Dayo.
But, it wasn’t easy, say doctors with at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.
Doctors say Eleanor miraculously survived a rare life-threatening heart condition during her second pregnancy that caused extreme dizziness and a high blood pressure.
"(Dec. 19) was a great day, it was a joyful day to have another set of twins and to be alive," said Eleanor who suffered from the rare condition known as peripartum cardiomyopathy, a sometimes-fatal heart disease that only affects one in 5,000 to 15,000 pregnant women.
Before the birth of her new son, Timi, and her daughter, Tomi, Eleanor said the couple agreed not to have any more children after the family suffered through three miscarriages.
When she became unexpectedly pregnant, obstetricians at Royal Alexandra Hospital and cardiologists from the new Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute teamed up to manage the high-risk and very complicated pregnancy.
"Her blood pressure was becoming an issue and her health was changing and that’s why there was a C-section," said Dr. Billy Wong, an obstetrician who specializes in high-risk pregnancies.
Wong says if the complications had worsened, Eleanor could have needed a heart transplant.
Health workers worked closely with the mother and her family on a weekly basis by monitoring her condition, but her doctors say Eleanor deserves lots of credit for her hard work during her tough pregnancy.
"I made sure I walked a lot and I totally changed my diet — I did more walking than I am used to," said Eleanor while holding on to her children.
Eleanor says life has been a little hectic for her with four children under the age of three inside her home.
"It hasn’t been easy, but I have lots of help," said Eleanor, who has a big extended family in Edmonton.
"They have so many mothers and grandmas that have already helped them."