Nancy Lopez and her husband, Laurence Smith Jr., sum up their adorable infant twins in one word: miracles.
Elated over the news that they were expecting twins, Nancy and Laurence, residents of Myrtle Beach, had no idea the struggles they would soon face. Three months into the pregnancy, Nancy began experiencing excessive bleeding. Laurence immediately rushed her to a nearby Emergency Department where doctors explained that she had a hemorrhage and diagnosed her with a threatening miscarriage.
“The doctors sent me home with an order to stay on bed rest for an entire week,” said Nancy. “They told me there was nothing else they could do, and that I should hope and pray for the best.”
Nancy followed the doctor’s orders and within a month, her bleeding subsided. Then, as she was approaching seven months, she and Laurence planned one last vacation for the two of them before the arrival of their little ones.”Our bags were packed, reservations made, and everything in place,” explains Laurence.
On the morning that Laurence and Nancy were planning to leave, Nancy’s water broke. Once again, they went to the Emergency Department, where doctors discovered that both placentas had ruptured, and her contractions were three minutes apart. Anticipating an early delivery before 30 weeks gestation, Nancy was transferred to McLeod Regional Medical Center. “I was apprehensive when the doctors told me I was being transferred to McLeod,” recalls Nancy. “I had never heard of Florence, let alone McLeod.”When I arrived, however, my impression quickly changed. Everyone involved in my transition to McLeod was amazing. “There were staff waiting for me on the floor, and they addressed me by name. I could tell that they were genuinely concerned about what was happening to me.” To read more about the Smith twins’ story story please click here.
Calvin Gilmore has partnered with The Children?s Miracle Network to kick off a fundraising drive at The Calvin Gilmore Theater, and your ticket purchase this Christmas season will help make miracles happen for children like Jayden. Our goal is to raise as much as possible to help provide these children with the care they need, so we have arranged several ways to contribute.
Dedicated performance dates are Nov.21 at 7pm and Jan.1 at 1pm. In addition, throughout the Christmas season, customers at the theater will have the opportunity to purchase paper balloons for $1 each to help us decorate a special CMN tree.
No matter what night you attend, your ticket purchase will support our local CMN hospital in Florence, McLeod Children’s Hospital, specializing in NICU services. Christmas is a season of giving, please help us make a difference for these children.
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