Twin babies get heart transplants

Posted at 7:24 PM, Jul 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-15 20:24:14-04

Saturday will be a bright day for a local family, who faced the unthinkable when both their twin baby daughters needed heart transplants before they turned two. Both will be home with new hearts.

"It's a light at the end of a really dark, long tunnel that we didn't think we'd see for a while," said Christine Roehling, the babies' mother.

Chloe Roehling went into Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in February, getting her transplant in May. Kendall Roehling joined Chloe in the hospital in June.

"Just keep the hope," said Dan Roehling.

The call for Chloe's heart came June 30. The Roehling's said families can wait anywhere from a day to years for an organ.

"We are very blessed and fortunate that both of our daughters happened relatively quickly," said Christine Roehling.

Now, both girls are doing much better.

"Their color looks better. Their eyes look less sunken. They have a desire to get up, talk and play,  whereas before they were so low energy," she said.

It's a journey they've taken and will continue with the Children's Hospital family.

"It's been a very long road since February. We're talking about five months we've been following at least one of these children in the hospital, sometimes both and not surprisingly there's lots of ups and downs along the way," said Dr. Steven Kindel, the girls' doctor.

The Roehling's look forward to watching the girls grow, and waking up in the morning with all three of their kids at home.

"Having a normal childhood, having them learn, grow, meet normal milestones just like any other child," Christine Roehling said.