The Gonzalez Quintuplets - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
In a very few hours, we will be celebrating a very special event – a VERY special first birthday. At about 4:00 AM (4:11-4:13 AM to be exact) on April 7, 2007, Abram, Adal, Ian, Noelani, and Nadia were delivered to Joy and Andres Gonzalez at 28 weeks gestation by cesarean section in Greenville, South Carolina. Over the course of many months, the obstetrical and neonatal teams had coordinated the planning of the big day and when “CODE 5” was called, the response and the entire “operation” went as smoothly as could be hoped for.
The babies could not have been born into a stronger or more nurturing family. As difficult and dangerous as the pregnancy was for Joy (who had delivered their first daughter, Andrea less than 18 months earlier, also by cesarean section), the past year has proven how important the power of faith, love, and friendship can be to overcoming all obstacles. The first-born, Abram, had problems following delivery that led to a year of medical complications and hospitalizations that have stressed the families resources, financially, and I am sure, personally, and may well continue to do so, but there was not one instance during that time when we were visited by Joy, Andres, and all the children that there were not smiles on their faces, optimism in their voices, and enough love in their hearts to brighten all of our spirits.
Into each of our lives come events leading to memories that we carry with us until we’re gone. That has been especially true for me in medicine. There are many patients who, unbeknownst, sometimes gave to me more than I gave to them, and I will never forget those folks. Their memories are as clear to me now as the day they happened. They are the foundation of my approach to the practice of medicine, guiding my deductive and intuitive senses, and my inspiration to awaken early every day to a new set of challenges. They have made me a better physician and a better person. Such is the case with the Gonzalez family, and I am so grateful that they have let me be a part of their lives….So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY GUYS AND GALS, and may we share many, many more together...