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Benefit planned for family of twin boys

A benefit is being planned in honor of Jenny Peterson, left, and Chris Peterson, right, who gave birth to twin boys on Nov. 24, more than three months before they were due. The benefit will help offset financial and medical costs associated with the premature births. (Photo submitted)

Chris and Jenny Peterson were ecstatic to learn they would be welcoming twins into their family in early March.

The Star Prairie residents went about their normal business, with Jenny's pregnancy progressing normally. That was until Oct. 19, 2012, when Jenny was rushed to the hospital after one of her amniotic sacs ruptured. She was only 20 weeks pregnant.

She spent the weekend in the hospital before being sent home. The next week, at 21 weeks pregnant, Jenny experienced another rupture and was immediately put on bed rest, where she remained for two weeks -- when she ruptured again. She was rushed to United Hospital, where she remained for two more weeks.

During her time in the hospital, Jenny was given steroids, to help her babies' lungs develop, and magnesium, for neuroprotection, praying for as much time as possible before giving birth.

On Nov. 24, 2012, at just 25 weeks pregnant, Jack Michael Peterson and Isaac John Peterson were born. Because of their premature status, the two were closely monitored at Children's Hospital for more than three months before they were sent home to Star Prairie on March 6.

While the boys are home and healthy for the most part, Jenny said they will need to be monitored over the next few years to ensure they're hitting developmental milestones.

In the meantime, Isaac currently has a feeding tube but the Petersons are hoping it can be removed soon, as he's been eating on his own for a while. Jack recently passed his oxygen test and will soon have his oxygen tube removed.

In a few months, after Jack's lungs are a bit more developed, he'll have a hernia corrected. Hernias are common in premature babies; however, as long as it's not bothering Jack, Jenny said the doctors prefer to wait before scheduling surgery.

"They have found correcting it too early could cause other problems," she said. "This will be better for Jack because his lungs will be stronger and he should be able to handle being put under and recovery better."

To help with the Petersons' ongoing financial and medical costs, a benefit is being planned in their honor.

The benefit will be hosted at Star Prairie Sports Bar on Sunday, June 2, from noon to 3 p.m. and feature a picnic-style lunch, live auction and silent auction.

Those who wish to help but are unable to attend the benefit are encouraged to donate to the Petersons by sending checks, made payable to Thrivent Financial Credit Union for Christopher and Jennifer Peterson, to Chris and Jenny, 29 S. Fifth St., Barron, WI 54812.

Anyone with questions can contact Ann Matheny, Chris' aunt, at 715-637-7410