AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Lots of love and support flowed in immediately for a mother who made headlines with a rare birth. That support has grown since Georgia Regents Medical Center confirmed the conjoined twins, born Monday, have died.
People from Georgia and South Carolina are sharing thoughts and prayers for two tiny lives now gone.
Courtney Jordan, a friend of Brittany Crafton, told WJBF-TV, “It was shocking news and instantly my heart just went out to Brittany.”
“It was shocking. It’s hard to lose family,” said North Augusta resident Avery Broadwater.
Brittany Crafton, a 26-year-old Augusta woman, gave birth to conjoined twin boys Chance and Chandler by C-Section Monday. They remained in critical condition after birth. Georgia Regents Medical Center officials released a press release stating the babies, who shared a heart and liver died Wednesday night after multiple complex medical complications.
Bernice Crafton, Brittany’s mother, shared a message with the public Wednesday afternoon.
“We just thank God for all of this because we know all of this is His purpose and His will,” said Crafton.
The Crafton family wants the public to honor its request for privacy. But the community’s support is unwavering, with many taking to Facebook and using the supportive #2Smiles1Heart.
“I know this is a very tragic situation for her, but just continue to pray and I’m sure that God will bring her through,” Jordan said.
Friends are calling on those who want to support to change their profile picture to Brittany’s first photo with Chance and Chandler.
The rest of the community is standing by her side.
“Just keep your head up and we’ll be out here praying. Augusta, Georgia, Carolina we will still pray for you. Keep smiling and things will come good your way,” Broadwater said.
Crafton’s sons were the first set of conjoined twins delivered at the Augusta health center.
Conjoined twins only happen about one time in every 60,000 births.