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Cascade of crises leave family in need

May 2, 2022

Catherine and two of her kids in happier days.
With three happy children at home, ages eight, six and two, Catherine Abrego should be looking forward to Mothers Day. Instead, the Bonners Ferry woman is facing the most harsh challenges of her life, having given birth to premature twins, become a single-mom, and lost her ability to work all within a couple of days. She is needing the support and prayers of her community.

On February 22, Catherine went in for an ultrasound of her fourth child, to learn she was carrying twins. A few weeks later, leaking amniotic fluid, she returned to the hospital and 72 hours later, at 28 weeks seriously premature, Joann and Eleanor came into the world at Kootenai Medical in Coeur d'Alene just four minutes apart, each weighing only about two pounds, each requiring months in neonatal intensive care.

To make things worse, just a day after their birth, Joan had to be transported to a Spokane hospital as she needed care not available. And if that wasn't bad enough, at the hospital, Catherine's husband walked out while Catherine was in labor, abandoning his family.

The older kids are home with grandma, who had to quit work to look after them, trying to maintain some sense of stability and security by finishing the school year and being in their home, in their rooms, with their toys, but without their mother as they work to get through the school year.

Catherine, who also had to leave work, sees them mostly on the weekends, spending weekdays shuttling between NICUs about 40 miles apart to spend a a few hours a day with her youngest daughters. It is hoped that the twins will be able to come home on their due date, but that's nearly 12 weeks away.

Catherine started a GoFundMe account, asking the community to come to her family's aid. She is trying to get back on track, but needs help catching up and preparing to bring the twins home.

"The money I'm asking for will go to help me transition from this stage of Joan and Eleanor's life to the next which is when they come home," she wrote. "It will help cover travel expenses, child care and everyday bills that have fell to the wayside as I play catch up just trying to make sure that my children are supported and loved."

In just one day her GoFundMe has raised more than $4,000, but more is needed.

"Thank you for reading my plea and for any contribution you are able to make-even just well wishes and prayers," Catherine wrote.
Joan and Eleanor

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Mike Weland, Publisher

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