Conjoined Twins Were Born, Baptized and Confirmed Before Passing
The LeBlancs met their babies on May 16 at 32 weeks’ gestation. Rachel Clare and Maria Therese shared one heart and other major organs.
The story of Nicole and Austin LeBlanc, a Catholic couple from Michigan, has captured many hearts. CNA first shared their moving testimony on April 27, after the couple spoke with EWTN News Nightly about their journey after finding out they were expecting conjoined twins.
Rachel Clare and Maria Therese shared one heart and other major organs. The doctors immediately deemed the pregnancy high-risk and suggested termination. However, Nicole said she knew she was carrying two special little girls.
Originally scheduled for a cesarean section in early June, doctors decided to move the surgery because their growth, along with their heart, began to slow down. The LeBlancs met their babies on May 16 at 32 weeks’ gestation.
Rachel Clare and Maria Therese were born alive and immediately baptized and confirmed.
In an Instagram post, Nicole wrote: “They lived for about an hour until they took their last breaths. My girls were loved and held until their final moments and all that they knew their entire lives was love from Austin and I.”
“God designed them so beautifully in my womb and it was an absolute honor and privilege to carry them for as long as I could. Their lives have touched so many and the support my family has received has been nothing short of incredible,” she continued.
When the young mother learned of the news about the health of her babies, she took to social media to share her journey with others. She decided to share their story as an example of love and hope.
The couple shared that it was a test of faith, but through it all, they relied on praying the Rosary together daily.
“We get together every night, and we pray the Rosary. That’s one of the biggest things … and just knowing that God has a plan for everything and there’s always a purpose for everything,” Austin said in the interview with EWTN News Nightly.
Several saints and biblical figures also impacted the couples’ faith and inspired the names they chose for their twin girls.
“We definitely want to have our babies be gifts to our Blessed Mother so, Maria, the Latin name for Mary,” Nicole explained. “And I’ve always had a special connection with the Old Testament story of Rachel; so, Maria Therese and Rachel Clare.”
Throughout her pregnancy, Nicole received an outpouring of prayers and support from Catholics and non-Catholics alike.
In a tweet and on Instagram, Nicole wrote that her baby girls are “now enjoying the splendors of the beatific vision.”