Bolden, Christine

Christine BoldenChristine Bolden, 26, died on April 5, 2012, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, after a brain aneurysm suffered the previous month. A resident of Muskegon, she had called her brother on the last day of February to tell him that she had picked out baby names for the twin boys she was pregnant with, choosing to name them Nicholas and Alexander.

On the following day, she collapsed and was hospitalized. The decision was made to keep her on a respirator for a month to save the babies. The babies were delivered on April 5 by cesarean at 25 weeks’ gestation. Christine Bolden had two other childeren, an 11-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old son.

Dr. Cosmos Vandeven, who specializes in high-risk pregnancies at University of Michigan hospital, said Bolden’s case is a “very exceptional scenario.”

This quilt block was created by Michele Connor.