A family-of-five have become a family of seven after they rejected medical advice and welcomed conjoined twins.
Elijah and Isaac were delivered at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center earlier this month.
The twins’ father Jason Kroeger says the twins’ condition is better than expected but they still have some ‘speed bumps to overcome.’
When Jason wife’s Heather Kroeger found out she was pregnant she was excited that her family would be expanding.
Doctors told the couple early on they were only having one child.
But a later ultrasound in Heather’s first trimester revealed there were two babies, and they were conjoined.
They were told that they could undergo an abortion.
‘To us it wasn’t an option. These children are our children they were given to us for a purpose… to protect them. Abortion was never an option,’ Jason told Fox19.
Sadly the boys are joined in a way they can not be safely separated.
Heather and Jason were high school sweethearts and committed Christians.
According to the family’s GoFundMe page: ‘Heather and Jason were thrilled this year when they found out they were once again pregnant and due on October 1, 2017.’
‘It is no surprise that they have been advised several times throughout the pregnancy to abort these two little precious souls,’
The page is helping to raise money to help care for their new additions’ special needs and medical care.
The family are originally from North Carolina and also need funds to go to and fro from Cincinnati.
The family-of-seven stayed at St. Xavier Church which provided shelter for the Christian family during their first few days in the city.
Heather and Jason married in 1999 and their children’s ages range from 17 to the newborn conjoined twins.
Heather remains at the hospital with the babies for the time being.
Meanwhile Jason is heading back to North Carolina to work and be with their eldest as they attend school.
‘Friends, we cannot see what God sees. Nor can we always understand the ‘hows’ and ‘whys,” the GoFundMe page reads. ‘This family has inspired so many of us with their trust in God and love for these babies.’