Former #NFL Player And #Wife Open Up About Losing #Sextuplets Last Month
A former NFL player and his wife have come forward to talk about the pain of losing their sextuplets last month, and why they still don’t regret rejecting the doctor’s advice.
#CarolinaPanther center Steve Justice and his wife Lindsey, who live in #Charlotte, North #Carolina, first met at Wake Forest College, where Lindsey played soccer and Steve was a #football star.
After marrying in 2009, the couple welcomed two little girls—4-year-old Hannah and 2-year-old Hope.
However, when they decided to try for a third, the couple learned that Lindsey had contracted PCOS, polycystic ovarian syndrome—which vastly reduced her chances of getting #pregnant.
The couple was determined to have a big family, and they got their wish when—after completing fertility treatments—Lindsey found out she was carrying sextuplets, later learning there was a seventh.
Once their doctor learned Lindsey was carrying seven babies, the couple was strongly urged to selectively abort a few of them to increase the chances of survival for the rest of them.
“Steve and I didn’t even have to look at each other. That was just not going to be an option,” Lindsey said.
Although they remained confident their babies—which were later found out to be all girls—would be healthy, tragedy struck when Lindsey miscarried one of them at 12 weeks.
Just 10 weeks later, on September 23, Lindsey unexpectedly went into labor and had to be rushed to the hospital, where all six #babygirls were delivered in 10 minutes.
Within just two short hours, all six of the couple’s newborns died in their arms. Each girl had a birth certificate, a first name, and a middle name.
Although the pain they feel is practically unbearable, Lindsey and Steve remain adamant that they would do it all over again if they had the choice.
“What I would give to nurse them, to hold them, to rock them to sleep, to dress them. I want to be their mom, I want them to be here, you know. But that wasn’t God’s will,” Lindsey said.
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