MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Trent Tomlinson loves playing with his little bundles of joy, Jack, Eloise, and Alice. But when he first learned he and his wife were going to have triplets, he was in shock. Just the week before, they were told it was just twins.
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"I can't say what went through my mind," said Trent Tomlinson.
"And he actually told the doctor, if y'all continue to find a baby every time I come here I'm not coming back," says Lindsay Tomlinson.
With multiple births, Lindsay was immediately put in what's called a high-risk pregnancy. Dr. Edward Veillon is a Maternal-Fetal Medicine doctor. He flies up every week to see high-risk moms at St. Francis Medical Center.
"There are a number of areas of the state that are really underserved and really need it, so it's just our hope that we can really improve their overall parental outcome for both mom and baby," said Dr. Veillon.
So Lindsay was on a regular schedule with Dr. Veillon until the day the babies were born. Her due date was June 14th, but her triplets were born on April 13th.
"It was the hardest thing I've ever done. Walking in there you don't know what to expect. You do know what to expect, but it's never happened to you before. All you see are cords and tubes and things everywhere and you can't touch them," says Lindsay.
The Tomlinson's were able to bring their babies home in stages. Only Jack still needs a little help with oxygen.
But mom and dad are so thankful, not only for the NICU nurses and staff but the fact Lindsay could get the extra attention she needed during the pregnancy.
And the 2 Cars 2 Winners Campaign helps fund the NICU and PICU at St. Francis, giving other parents this same great experience. You can buy raffle tickets at Stfran.com or right here on KNOE.com until November 5th at 10 am. When you buy a ticket, you'll be entered in the raffle for a chance to win a Toyota 4 Runner or a Nissan Titan.