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Cincaid and Cutter Fouseridge entered this world prematurely but now they are thriving 4-year-olds, thanks to the special care from their NICU team at IU Health Ball Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children.
By IU Health Senior Journalist T.J. Banes, firstname.lastname@example.org
There’s a picture of two smiling dark haired boys sitting on Santa’s lap. Their older brother, Chaney, is standing next to them.
The photo – taken by Amanda Kishel - represents something of a miracle to the younger boys’ parents Chanda and Cheri Fouseridge. The twins – Cincaid and Cutter Fouseridge – entered the world prematurely on June 28, 2015. Under the care of IU Health Dr. Joseph Landwehr, and Dr. Heather A. Smith the boys remained in NICU at IU Health Ball Hospital for several weeks – Cutter for 54 days, and Cincaid for 56 days.
Four years later, the parents say they have much to be thankful for. Chanda Fouseridge was admitted to IU Health Ball Hospital for complications related to high blood pressure. The delivery was a blur as nurses whisked the babies away working to save their little lives.
“I remember the panic of being wheeled into the NICU for the first time, trying to retain all of the rules and procedures of the area. I remember looking at them -wearing what looked like gigantic diapers and connected to wires galore,” said Fouseridge. “Very quickly the nurses came and spoke to me with calm slow words, but also with smiles on their faces. They would call my room to give me updates, or even come by my room. They eased my anxiety with their calmness and constant stream of information.”
When Cutter, was airlifted to Riley Hospital for surgery, Fouseridge was constantly updated by the nurses back at IU Health Ball about the condition of his twin brother. Cincaid was just one pound bigger. “They made us feel like family,” said Fouseridge.
As the boys grew, Fouseridge said she depended on the nurses to help her learn to care for the premature newborns. “When I’d come in and see a baby sleeping on a nurse’s chest, see the handwritten inchworms on the wall to let me know of milestones they had met, or listen to a cuddler sing, my anxiety over these fragile babies eased a little more,” said Fouseridge. “They empowered me with the ability to no longer be scared, to realize that these children were strong and were fighters and would make it through stronger than ever.”
The boys now receive physical and speech therapy and Cincaid continues evaluation for optic nerve damage. He is also being tested for sleep apnea. Otherwise, there are no major delays. They remain in the care of IU Health pediatrician Dr. Prakash Bhoopalam.
“They’re busy rambunctious littles. I call them my ‘twinadoes,’ said Fouseridge
Over the years she has kept in touch with some of the NICU nurses and said, “It’s nice to see all of us celebrating the success of these 4-year-olds. We created a bond and I can’t imagine going through this anywhere else.”