Chicago woman happy to celebrate first Mother's Day

May 12, 2012 7:00:04 AM PDT
A Chicago woman is especially grateful as she prepares to celebrate her first Mother's Day.

Jennifer Burns had a difficult pregnancy then suffered life-threatening heart problems after giving birth to her twin daughters last July.

Her organs began failing and she was put on a breathing machine.

For a month and a half, she wasn't able to see daughters Julianna and Jenna

"When I first woke up in the hospital I didn't even remember having them" she said. "I looked, I noticed I wasn't pregnant anymore. And I kind of started freaking out. Then I saw four pictures of the girls on each side of my room."

Burns and her husband thanked the doctors at Advocate Christ Medical Center Friday for the care she received.

"For a period of time she was on a artificial heart/lung machine and for several weeks later we supported her with a temporary heart," said Dr. Antone Tatoolas. "She was quite sick for some time but fortunately each day she got better and she continues to do well."

Finally, Burns went home to meet and hold her twins for the first time.

"This is incredible," said her husband, Michael. "I went from the lowest you can go, not knowing if my wife was going to make it or not, to having the whole family at once. Nothing short of a miracle all the best to the doctors."

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