'16 & Pregnant' Star Lindsay Harrison's Premature Twins Are Fighting For Their Lives In NICU

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Oct. 29 2018, Updated 3:18 p.m. ET

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A devastating time. Former 16 & Pregnant star Lindsay Harrison gave birth to her twins at 29 weeks in late October and since then, the babies have remained in the hospital.

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At only 10 days old, her daughter, Paisley, with her husband, TJ Nicholson, was diagnosed with a Staph Infection. "They are doing a spinal tap now on her to see if it's moved into her spine and caused meningitis," her caption read. "She's also getting a blood transfusion. Please, please, please say a prayer for her."

The mother-of-three then revealed that Paisley did have meningitis and that her son, Jackson, has been diagnosed with it as well on November 7th. “The antibiotics are not working," she wrote. "They are giving her stronger doses and different kinds in hopes they can kill the infection within the next day or two. Thankfully the meningitis hasn't gone to her brain or heart. Jackson - has now been diagnosed with E.Coli & Staph infection that has turned into meningitis as well. They are doing a head & heart ultra sound on him to see if it's gone to either places. I can't even put into words how we are feeling right now. Our hearts hurt. We are angry. We feel broken. I don't understand why our babies have to go through this. Please keep praying.”

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And on November 10, she revealed that the Staph and E.Coli are no longer in his blood stream! But they didn’t receive the same good news for their daughter, as her blood continued to test positive. “Doctors are really praying the antibiotics will start working soon, but having 7 days of positive blood cultures is uncommon and not good,” she wrote. “They are worried about her liver now & she may need a possible surgery. Staying extremely hopeful that she doesn’t. Good news is she’s been tolerating her feedings great and has moved up to 20ml.”

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On November 15th, Lindsay revealed that Paisey finally tested negative for meningitis. “They found a blood clot in her main portal,” she revealed. “Doctors are rushing to figure out the exact issues and treatment plans as a liver typically doesn’t start to show signs of failure until 60 days from day of birth. So they are working promptly to figure everything out before the 60 days so that won’t happen. Paisley’s case is so rare that the infectious disease specialists are writing a story on her to warn Doctors around the world since she may be the only baby in the world that’s had a blood culture remain positive for as long as hers did and have to be treated with this certain antibiotics. Because of the severity of her infection she has to remain on antibiotics for 4-6 weeks. They also found possible signs of pneumonia in her lungs.”

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On November 20th, Paisley had an MRI of her liver. “They think she has biliary atresia,” she wrote. “It’s an extremely serious health condition that could ruin her liver. If she does have it they only have about 2 weeks to try to surgically fix the biliary atresia before it becomes too late.”

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The now mother-of-three revealed on her Instagram that three days ago they were able to be held together for the first time. She wrote, "This morning I was able to hold both of them together for the first time. This was the first interaction they had with each other since they were inside of me."

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Unfortunately, they received horrible news about Paisley, who was diagnosed with the liver condition. “He said Paisley would need to be transported to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston immediately,” she wrote. “Doctors only really have a few more days left to treat her properly for it since you only have 60 days from day of birth to fix it. There is a surgery for it, but it usually only has good results if you perform it before 30 days of life... well she is past that point. If they do the surgery on her bile ducts in her liver and it fails the likely hood of the liver transplant working is slim. Thankfully she will be seen by the best liver specialist in the world. It was so hard saying goodbye to Jackson this morning. Our hearts are aching.”

Lindsay set up a GoFundMe page to help for medical expenses. She wrote, “Each day it costs $5,400 for the twins to be in the NICU. That’s not including any treatment they need either. Any little bit will help relieve some stress. Please help however you can and share this with your friends and family. T.J., Lindsey, Aniyah, Jackson & Paisley are so grateful for all the love, support, and prayers. #PrayForNicholsonTwins.”


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