Expecting Ore. mother, family have Thanksgiving at hospital


by Art Edwards, KGW Staff


Posted on November 29, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 29 at 7:40 AM

PORTLAND -- Thanksgiving is a day when many families gather to spend time together. One local family is doing that but not at home. Instead, they celebrated Thanksgiving in a hospital room.

The Nelson family had Thanksgiving dinner at Providence St. Vincent hospital. Sarah Nelson is pregnant with what are called mono mono twins.

The twins share the same amniotic sac. It's rare and high risk. Sarah has been in the hospital for seven weeks.

Her husband Beau, son Austin, and daughter Olivia spend as much time with her as possible.

It was tough for Sarah to be away from her family and around doctors and nurses she didn't know.

“I know I’m here because it's the only way that these babies can be born and survive. I’m a little worried. I’m going to miss them. They are all such wonderful, wonderful people,” Sarah said.

Some of her husband's family moved her to give support. That's helped ease the stress of the situation. Every day Sarah writes what she's thankful for on a white board in her hospital room.

With the help of family and friends they know they'll get through this.

“I’m really looking forward to the babies coming, and I can't way to get back into a regular routine in our lives,” Beau said.

The babies are scheduled to be delivered by C-section Thursday. The Nelson's hope to have them home by Christmas.