'Miracle children' earn applause at Erlanger

'Miracle children' earn applause at Erlanger

November 30th, 2011 by Andrew Pantazi in News

Twins Grace and Elise Taylor, 6, stand on stage during the 2012 Miracle Children at Erlanger hospital Tuesday evening as the audience cheers them on. The sisters are a rare form of identical twins called mono-mono twins. They were born 8 weeks earlyon Valentine's Day and spent five weeks in the NICU. Betsy Taylor, their mother, is the president of the Children's Hospital foundation.

Photo by Jenna Walker /Times Free Press.

Onstage, the president of Erlanger hospital talked about 50 percent survival rates and miracles.

Offstage, Betsy Taylor, president of the charitable Erlanger Health System Foundations, wiped her eyes.

Onstage, Grace and Elise Taylor, Betsy's twin daughters, were given ribbons with their names on them and designations as miracle children.

Six and a half years ago, a doctor told a pregnant Taylor that her twins shared both a placenta and an amniotic sac. The probability of their survival was 50 percent. Taylor cried but found comfort in an employee's words.

"If God can put them in there like that, he can get them out of there like that," said Taylor, who heads up Erlanger's Miracle Children program, which chooses 12 children to represent the hospital throughout the year.

On Tuesday at Erlanger's Baroness campus, the miracle children -- including Taylor's twins -- were announced. The hospital tree was lit, and a parade commenced, featuring 27 hospital departments with donated toys.

"So those are our miracle children," Erlanger President Jim Brexler said. "Can we give them a round of applause?"

Betsy Taylor then walked on stage and addressed Brexler and the crowd of doctors, parents and staff.

"Thank you so much for being a part of the miracles at Erlanger," she said.

Erlanger's miracle children talk to other patients, encouraging them, talking about their own medical problems and how they were overcome. The children also speak at fundraising events.

Taylor's twins were born on Valentine's Day 2005 and, because they had survived the pregnancy and birth, she thought she was in the clear.

But in September of this year, six weeks after her father died, Taylor found out that Grace had a congenital brain tumor. Nineteen days ago, the tumor was successfully removed without hurting Grace's vision, hearing or mobility.

Because of her story, Taylor said she fights even harder to raise money for the hospital.

"Absolutely, because I know that the miracles of medicine ... enabled my family to have a wonderful life."