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ACP Pastor Robert M. Celeste MCAC

Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to Me.

Friday August 22nd, 2003

In Matthew chapter twenty five Jesus says: "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to Me."

I want you to take a minute and read an article that appeared in yesterday's Advertiser Democrat. It was written by the paper's editor, Susan Arena.

The following articles originally appeared in Norway, Maine's
Advertiser-Democrat on August 21, 2003.


by Susan P. Arena

NORWAY - Sherry Mason is 15.

She enjoys hanging out with her friends, watching movies, reading R. L. Stine books and making latch hooked rugs. She used to have fun rollerblading and horseback riding, but those activities are off limits for Sherry now. Sherry is going through something no 15 year old should have to cope with - she's pregnant with twins.

Once named middle school Student of the Month, Sherry's a tiny teen. Although she's tall, she weighs only 104 pounds. Dressed in popular teen garb of low slung jeans and a tank top, her small rounded tummy protrudes.

Her long blondish hair is usually clean and tied back neatly, but some days Sherry's just too tired and sick to wash it. Moreover the babies are in trouble.

The twins, which doctors say are identical girls, suffer from twin to twin transfusion syndrome. In this condition one twin gets too much blood and one too little when blood passes unevenly from one baby to the other through connecting blood vessels within their shared placenta.

The baby who gets too much can have problems because its heart is overworked and the sac in which it rests becomes too full - the embryo produces too much urine. The other twin can become anemic because it gets too much blood and its sac has too little fluid because urine
production is slight.

Although it's complicated, Sherry understands much of what is happening to her and her babies. And she's, understandably, scared - frightened for her twins and of the pain she must endure to try to save them. Once or twice a week doctors - specialists in problem pregnancies - have
plunged a long needle into her abdomen to drain off some of the fluid from the sac that's home to the twin who is getting more than her share of the blood and therefore producing extra urine, making her sac too full.

It's not a pleasant procedure and Sherry had trouble tolerating the pain. Then there's severe cramping and nausea once the process itself is completed. Because the doctors feel it's the best chance to save the two tiny embryos the 15-year-old carries, they've decided to try to remove fluid
after Sherry is medicated to better help her bear the pain. So on Tuesday, she went to Maine Medical Center and, once again, doctors drained fluid, this time after making Sherry groggy with medication.

Sherry and her mom, Sheila Kimball of Oxford, are staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Portland between treatments, coming home only on the weekends. Both feel that this makes the situation a little easier, that Sherry gets more rests and isn't as uncomfortable. Doctors have told Sherry and her mom that the rest of pregnancy is normal, although Sherry is unable to eat because of constant nausea.

Sherry has followed recommended paths since she found she was pregnant. She visited a local obstetrician as soon as she realize she was pregnant. She tried to take prenatal vitamins but couldn't keep them down. After two visits, the local doctor sent her to a specialist in Portland
and the problem in blood exchange was discovered.

Now about all she can do is rest and make trips to the doctor. Her pregnancy is considered high risk on three levels: her age, her very slim body build and the fact that she is carrying twins. In spite of the problems, the doctors are working hard to save Sherry's twins.

The physicians hope to reduce the embryonic fluid to help keep the stress at a manageable level for both babies, but if that doesn't work, laser surgery on the blood vessels that aren't transferring the blood properly will be the only recourse. For that the slight 15 year old will need to travel to Florida. There are only a handful of doctors who perform the delicate procedure.

Sherry's about 19 weeks pregnant, not far enough along to perform the laser operation. If doctors can help Sherry continue to carry the twins, she an her mother will probably need to make the trip to Florida, but they'll need some financial help. For now they stay at the Ronald McDonald House, where their room is free but they must provide their own meals.

Most of Sherry's medical expenses are covered by state programs, but the day-to-day living costs are hard for the family to cope with. "I just don't have any money," says Sheila, who draws disability compensation and is divorced from Sherry's father. She has recently gone through another divorce and is in the midst of patching her own life together.

"I'm back to being a single mom," Sheila says. "These are my first grandchildren. I don't want to lose them and I don't know where to turn for help." Although Sherry lives with her dad, he can't help financially either. He is raising two small children and is dealing with monetary problems of
his own, Sherry says.

If you'd like to help Sherry, a fund has been set up to help her meet expenses. Even more help will be required if they must travel to Florida to try to save the babies. Donations to help can be made in Sherry Mason's name at the Oxford Federal Credit Union.

Although Sherry has given some thought to the difficulties she'll face as a teenage, single mom if the twins survive, she doesn't really have a plan at this point. She's sure she'll manage somehow.

For now Sherry - and her twin baby girls - are trying to get through one more day, every day.


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Why Sherry's twins are ailing: What is Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome

by Susan P. Arena

What is Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome and how does it affect the babies and the mother?

Here are the answers, according to the website of The Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome Foundation in Bay Village, Ohio.

What is Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome? Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS) is a disease of the placenta. It affects identical twins during pregnancy when blood passes disproportionately from one baby to the other through connecting blood vessels within their shared placenta. One baby, the recipient twin, gets too much blood overloading his or her cardiovascular system, and may die from heart failure. The other baby, the donor twin, does not get enough blood and may die from severe anemia. The babies are normal. The abnormalities are in the placenta.

Why Does Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome Happen? TTTS is a disease that only affects identical twins. Identical twins do not run in families but occur randomly. Identical twins occur when the fertilized egg (morula) splits after conception. No one knows why an embryo splits to make identical twins, so we don't know why TTTS happens. What we do know is that the later the embryo splits, the more problems are seen including the syndrome. The occurrence of embryo
splitting is out of our control.

How often does Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome Happen? It is difficult to answer this question with certainty, because formal tracking mechanisms to record TTTS pregnancies are only now being established. Many pregnancies go undiagnosed or unrecorded. It is crucial to have the placenta analyzed to confirm TTTS and to aid in realistic numbers. This in turn helps to further medical research and helps us prove the seriousness and urgency in fighting this condition.

From the data that is available, the rate of multiple births is now 1 in 45 , which raises the number of babies affected by TTTS to 6,000. Looking at monochorionic identical twins, it is about 15 percent that will share blood vessels in such a way that the amount and direction of blood flow favors the larger recipient twin, at the expense of the donor twin. It is important for parents to understand that the babies are normal. They only become affected by what is happening in the placenta. Just as the mother has no control in when the embryo splits and how the placenta forms, the babies have no control on how they each receive their nourishment.

Many couples are waiting longer to start families and are using fertility drugs. This contributes to more twinning. At least 6,000 babies are affected every year in the United States by TTTS and approximately 4,000 of them will pass away.

The Recipient Twin - The Larger Baby


The recipient twin is receiving too much blood because some of the blood vessels of the other baby, in the placenta, look like a "fork in the road" and split. These vessels then cross their shared placenta over to the recipient twin. Because the recipient twin is getting his or her own
blood, plus the extra blood, he becomes larger in size. This is one of the first signs of the syndrome. This extra blood is very thick, like syrup. Because the blood is so thick, the baby's heart has to work harder to pump the blood. Because of the extra blood, the baby is urinating a lot. Amniotic fluid is generated by the baby urinating. This causes the recipient twin to have too much amniotic fluid. When TTTS is diagnosed midway through a pregnancy (approximately 16 to 26 weeks) 80-100 percent of these babies may pass away due to heart failure if nothing is done to help them.

The Donor Twin - The Smaller Baby


The donor twin is smaller and is often called the "stuck twin." This baby is getting too little blood and thus, does not urinate very much. This is why there is very little fluid in his or her amniotic sac. When born, it is often the donor twin who does better, because they are not as tired. Their heart has not had to over exert itself pumping the extra blood. However, when TTTS is diagnosed midway through pregnancy, 80 to 100 percent of these smaller babies may pass away if nothing is done to help them. They pass away from heart failure due to severe anemia.

End of Advertiser Democrat article.

Sherry is 15, she is small, having a very difficult pregnancy. She is going to one of the most pro-abortion hospitals in New England, yet she is carrying her babies instead of opting for abortion. Let's go back to the words of the Lord Jesus:

When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory: And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, "Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungered, and ye gave Me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took Me in: Naked, and ye clothed Me: I was sick, and ye visited Me: I was in prison, and ye came unto Me."

Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying, "Lord, when saw we Thee an hungered, and fed Thee? or thirsty, and gave Thee drink? When saw we Thee a stranger, and took Thee in? or naked, and clothed Thee? Or when saw we Thee sick, or in prison, and came unto Thee?"

And the King shall answer and say unto them, "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me."

Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, "Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungered, and ye gave Me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took Me not in: naked, and ye clothed Me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited Me not."

Then shall they also answer him, saying, "Lord, when saw we Thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto Thee?"

Then shall He answer them, saying, "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to Me." And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Jesus tells us that we should help the homeless, those in prison, those in the hospital, those in pain, those on death row, etc.. He goes on telling us that when we help one of them, we are really helping Him. I am asking you to help Sherry. I'm asking you to Pray for her and I'm asking you to send a few dollars every week.

You can send money to help Sherry's twin baby girls both survive to:

Sherry Mason fund

Oxford Federal Credit Union

Oxford, Maine USA 04270



Lord God Creator of all things, we give Thee thanks for giving us the second chance we do not deserve. We thank Thee Lord for our brave troops who are at this very instant freeing and liberating people through out the kingdom of satan. Lord we beseech Thee that Thou would send to our men a Paul, to preach Your word to them while they go to free those held captive by the forces of evil. Touch the Presidents heart Lord, lead him in a direction to send evangelist to our troops, give him the strength Lord to serve You, to use his office, that You have entrusted him with, as Commander in Chief to authorize and send solid evangelical Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian preachers to bring the Word of God to our troops, giving them both reason to fight and the Lord's plan of salvation. And put the end of abortion at the top of his agenda.
Lord Jesus, it is in Thy Sacred and Holy Name I pray, Amen.

red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.

God blessed America when she feared Him, now it appears, she may face His wrath.

ACP

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