Man Spent First Father's Day with His Twins after Living in the Hospital While Babies Recovered

An Atlanta man was happy to enjoy his first Father's Day after being hospitalized for eight months with his twin daughters. The babies, who were born premature, survived heart surgeries following disturbing diagnoses.

Jonathan Jones, an Atlanta resident, received the best Fathers' Day gift he could think of on Sunday. The new father felt fulfilled to finally get to sit on the couch holding his twin daughters after months in the hospital.

The father-of-two spent the last eight months at the Heart Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, doting on his newborns. Jonathan, who always desired twins, was excited when the sonography revealed he and his wife, Briena Jones, were having twins for real.

An image showing the feet of twins | Photo: Shutterstock

An image showing the feet of twins | Photo: Shutterstock

However, his excitement was cut short when one of the twins, Ava, was diagnosed in-vitro with Down Syndrome and a congenital heart defect. Jonathan recalled:

"It was the first feeling of anxiousness and nervousness because we didn't know what to expect. We had to do a lot of research, a lot of hard conversations..."

An image of baby twins | Photo: Pexels

An image of baby twins | Photo: Pexels

Despite the situation, the parents could not wait to welcome their new babies. At 33 weeks of pregnancy, Ava's condition worsened. She began losing proper blood flow through the placenta, forcing doctors to induce Briena's labor at 33 weeks.

Several families in the Bay Area also had a special cause to celebrate Father's Day with boundless joy.

The delivery was successful, but the new parents soon discovered that their second daughter, Avery, also had a congenital heart defect called truncus arteriosus.

An image of young twin girls | Photo: Pexels

An image of young twin girls | Photo: Pexels

Avery and Ava went under the knife to treat their fatal heart conditions. They spent eight months at the heart center to recuperate fully. Throughout their stay, Jonathan remained by his kids' side, living and working from the facility.

Gladly, they returned home just in time to commemorate Father's Day, which marked Jonathan's first. During an interview in the wake of his return from the hospital, the dad admitted he was content with having his daughters as his only Father's Day present. He said:

"I don't need anything else. I'm honestly good."

Another touching Father's Day miracle happened in Ohio. An Avon Lake man returned to his family in time for the celebration after battling COVID-19 for seven months at a treatment center.

A similar incident happened in Cape Coral, Florida, where a 29-year-old woman, Annmarie Goff, met her father, Frank Rizzi, for the first time. After years of digging, the excited woman, who recently discovered her ancestry, was glad to see her dad and spend Father's Day with him.

An image of a father and his son | Photo: Pexels

An image of a father and his son | Photo: Pexels

Several families in the Bay Area also had a special cause to celebrate Father's Day with boundless joy. This year's Father's Day was indeed special for many families, making up for smiles lost during the pandemic era.

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