About Me

My name is Jen Hathorn. I'm a family medicine physician. Since January 2015 I have been living in Egbe Nigeria, which is in Kogi State. I am serving at a bush hospital practicing full spectrum family medicine. I am working with an organization called World Medical Mission which is a part of Samaritan's Purse. This blog is my place to stay connected with you through stories, meditations and pictures. I hope that you enjoy reading the posts!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

And Then There Were Two...

Late last night while on-call, I was asked to come see a lady who had arrived at the labor ward saying that she was 45 weeks pregnant and couldn’t understand why she wasn’t in labor (a normal pregnancy usually lasts about 40 weeks). I arrived expecting to see an exhausted, stressed out women, but instead I saw a smiling, young lady who was contentedly sitting on the exam table waiting to see me. At first glance she certainly looked like she could be past her due date, because her abdomen was quite large. We chatted for a minute and she told her she hadn’t had prenatal care but was fairly sure she must be due to deliver given the size of her abdomen. On exam her belly was about the size I would expect for a normal term pregnancy, there were good fetal heart tones and the baby was moving all over the place. I grabbed our hand-held ultrasound device, called a V-Scan, to see if the head was in the right position for delivery. I squeezed the cool transducer gel into a pile on her abdomen and placed the probe in the middle of it. As a few body parts came into view on the screen I showed the momma and explained what we were looking at, a hand...a foot...the abdomen. I was just starting to show her the head, when suddenly a second little head popped into view. A-HA! There were TWO!!  Just like that, the mystery of her large belly was solved! It wasn’t that she was due to deliver right now, her belly was this big because she was pregnant with twins! At first she couldn’t believe it. Slowly it started to sink in and she laughed.  I smiled too. TWINS! 

Ecclesiaties 4:9-10, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.”

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