MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD)
- A 26-year-old woman killed by a brain aneurysm, delivered twin boys at a Grand Rapids hospital.
Twin boys, Alexander and Nicholas
, were delivered by C-section several weeks after their mother, 26-year-oldChristine Bolden, was declared brain dead.
Danielle Bolden described to 24 Hour News 8 what it was like to see her young, once vibrant niece, Christine, laying in a hospital bed as if she was asleep. While the whole time she knew Christine was brain dead. Dead, but still carrying two lives inside of her.
"It's hard," said Danielle. "Real hard."
Christine, the 26-year-old mother of two, was fine. She was funny and full of life, Danielle said, until March 6, 2012.
Danielle said Christine was walking out of a building last month, and suddenly got a horrible pain.
"I guess she had a pain in her head," said Danielle who recalls that her niece was with her boyfriend and 3-year-old son at the time.
Danielle was told Christine immediately fell to the ground and looked like she was in a deep sleep.
In an instant, family members told 24 Hour News 8, Christine was brain dead of two aneurysms
. Danielle said it looks like Christine was born with the"We didn't think it was as bad as it was," said Danielle.
But family members soon found out that it was very serious, the doctors said Christine would never come back to them.
Christine's family members said they couldn't quite believe the diagnosis, especially when they knew they could see two lives still lived inside of Christine. She went on to say that the stress of being pregnant may have affected the aneurysms.
[...]Danielle said the family started to grieve, while at the same time, hoping that the twins inside of her would somehow survive.
"We used to rub on her belly and talk to the babies," said Danielle.
It was an impossible mix of emotions.
"Knowing that once the babies were born that was the end of her," said Danielle.
Danielle said Nicholas weighed only one pound nine ounces, and Alexander weighed one pound five ounces; they were each only about six inches long
As they said hello to the world for the first time, the world said goodbye to their mother for the last time.