Cancer survivor beats odds and gives birth to twins
ANDERSON, Calif. - A woman who beat cancer recently gave birth early to not one but two bundles of joy.
Sydney Figone was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2010 and was told that she wouldn't be able to have children.
"Throughout all my treatments, on multiple occasions, we were told that pregnancy wasn't really an option for us," she said.
Sydney's husband Greg Figone, stood by her side. The two never gave up hope of being parents.
One day they found out they were going to have a baby, but not long after their journey took a turn.
"I had started experiencing some bleeding and was told I had had a miscarriage and on that same day I found out we were having twins," Sydney explained.
"We felt very blessed when we found out we were doubly blessed," Greg added.
They were going to be a family of four and sooner than they expected.
At 22 weeks Sydney was six centimeters dilated.
"It became a much scarier experience than we were expecting and a lot of the excitement and joy was kind of ripped away from us and we had to pray that our babies make it to an age they can even live," she stated.
The twins, Savannah and Bennett, came ten days later on April 17.
"I couldn't do what she did to hang on to the babies that long enough to have them make it to 23 weeks three days was phenomenal," Greg explained.
Savannah and Bennett weighed less than two pounds. Their parents' wedding rings fit around their arms.
"Obviously they are so small, but just perfect," Greg noted.
The twins had to be flown down to UC Davis Medical Center.
Bennett had liver problems and was barely hanging on.
"They told me he wouldn't make it through the night," Greg said. "So that's when I went down there thinking I was just going to hold him while he passed away and he held on."
The twins still weigh less than two pounds, but are making small strides and getting stronger.
"I'm by far the weakest of the four of us," Greg noted. "I could not do what she did and they are survivors."
"I would take some of my chemo-therapies over this experience over this again," Sydney added. Sydney mentioned the twins will most likely be at UC Davis for about four months.
While she is unsure what it will cost, a GoFundMe page has been set up for them. If you would like to donate click here.
A Facebook page that will follow their journey has also been setup. The family posts their update on it. If you would like to follow their journey click here.