A local couple who had to deal with the loss of a child while welcoming a new child hope to raise awareness about the need to fund research to prevent premature birth and birth defects.
Jeff and Kelly Zimmer met 12 years ago in college and have been married for seven years. They always planned to add children to their family, but it wasn't as easy as they hoped.
"We found ourselves a year in talking to a doctor, and another year later going to a fertility specialist," Jeff said.
It took five years, but this February, thanks to in vitro fertilization, they learned Kelly was pregnant with twins.
But the 17-week ultrasound indicated a problem.
"We could tell right away that the sonographer was concerned about something," Kelly said.
They were sent to a "high risk clinic," knowing only that there was a dangerously low amount of fluid around one twin.
"I said, 'Should we be worried? And he said it is worrisome, and our hearts just sank," Kelly said.