Couple’s Babymoon Turns Tragic When Wife Goes Into Labor With Twins at 27 Weeks

A couple expecting twins thought they had everything planned for their last vacation before their babies arrival. Kim Kirzow Spratt and Fred Spratt, of Jackson, New Jersey, loved to travel, and they planned their babymoon to visit Portugal, a place they had always wanted to see.


Even though Kim's health was perfect and she had no complications with her pregnancy aside from having multiple fetuses, she unexpectedly went into labor when she was just 27 weeks pregnant, an ocean away from their home.

The babies weren't due until August 25, so they obviously thought they had lots of time. Kim said, "We're trying to hit spots on our bucket list every year, so we picked Portugal ... The doctor gave me 100% clearance, and we got total reassurance. We even got a letter for the airline in case there were any problems."

They started their trip in Spain, hitting Barcelona, Grenada, and Seville. Lisbon, Portugal was supposed to be their final location before heading home.

"We got there at 11:40 a.m. and did normal stuff," Kim Spratt said. "We checked in, walked around. We took a sunset cruise and got on the boat about 8 p.m. About an hour into the cruise, I said, 'I don't really feel that well.' I had some cramping, and I thought it was maybe Braxton Hicks (false-labor uterine) contractions. Then, I got really thirsty and hungry but had no appetite."

At the hotel, things got worse for her. She said, "My legs start shaking uncontrollably ... But I never thought it could be labor."

That's when they headed to the hospital, where they had a hard time getting help because they left their passports at the hotel. "That was the last thing we were thinking about grabbing," Kim lamented. "I gave a woman my license, and she disappeared. I couldn't even sit at this point ... They wouldn't let me get drink, go to bathroom. The babies weren't moving as much, and I was getting really nervous."

And everyone was speaking Portuguese, which the Spratts can't understand. She was admitted to the hospital at 12:03 a.m. on Monther's Day, and gave birth to her son, Hudson Charles Spratt 11 minutes later. The preemie weighed just 1 pound, 12 ounces. His sister Hayden Grace Spratt came a few minutes later, tipping the scale a scant 1 pound, 7 ounces.

A few weeks later, on Memorial Day, Hudson died from complications. Hayden is still fighting for her life, and they only got to hold her last Friday, two days after turning one month old. She weighed just two pounds.

Since Hayden is far too unstable to come home, she remains in the NICU in the Lisbon hospital where she was born. The Spratts say they are there "indefinitely," until their daughter can be life-flighted home to New Jersey.

They've found an apartment near the hospital, thanks to the staff at the Bario Alto Hotel. One man even used his day off to help Fred negotiate a lease with a non-English-speaking landlord. "The staff has been so generous," Kim said.

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It's hard enough to have a baby in the NICU, and grieve the loss of a child, but I can't imagine trying to do it in a foreign country where you don't even know the language.

This couple did everything right. They got medical clearance to go. Kim was healthy. They weren't even in their third trimester. Everything should have been fine. But sometimes tragedy can strike, no matter how well prepared you think you are.

Our hearts go out to them, and we're keeping Hayden and her parents in our thoughts and prayers.

Would think twice about taking a trip while pregnant after getting the all-clear from your doctor?


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