Christine Bolden of Muskegon, Mich., had called her brother Vance Terrell on the last day of February to tell him she had picked out baby names for her twin boys she was pregnant with, choosing to call them Nicholas and Alexander, Michigan news site mlive.com reported. The next day on March 1, Bolden collapsed while leaving a Grand Rapids building with her 3-year-old son and boyfriend. Her family would never speak to her again.
Doctors said aneurysms in Bolden's brain had ruptured. An aneurysm is an abnormal weakening of an artery that may burst or bleed, raising risk of death. About 30,000 Americans suffer a brain aneurysm rupture each year, according to The Brain Aneurysm Foundation, with 40 percent of those cases being fatal.
Bolden's family asked doctors "to drop everything we could to save these babies. It wasn't that difficult a call," hospital spokesman Bruce Rossman said. "It required a lot of evaluations and discussions among our staff. They had to at least get to 24 weeks before we could consider delivery."