Chuck and Jenn Funrue

Have you ever needed to use 911?

You may not have ever heard their names, but they might have helped YOU a time or two…….

Jennifer is often the calm voice at the other end of the line when someone dials 911, working for Santiam Canyon Dispatch. Her husband Chuck is often the help that arrives working as a paramedic for Santiam Memorial Hospital in Stayton.

Twenty-four short weeks ago, they conceived twin boys, Carter Richmond and Preston Joseph.
Just weeks ago Jenn was diagnosed with Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS). In short, TTTS means that the twins have interconnecting blood vessels in the placenta, and one twin becomes a donor, the other a recipient. The donor will have decreased blood volume retarding growth, and decreased urinary output, providing lower than normal levels of amniotic fluid. The recipient’s blood volume is increased, putting strain on the heart of the fetus. There is also an increase in urinary output, and higher levels of amniotic fluid.
If Chuck and Jenn did not act immediately, they would lose both twins. They found doctors at the University of California, San Francisco Children’s Hospital who were more experienced and would do a surgery to separate the connecting blood vessels between the twins. The surgery was successful, and they drained some of the excess fluid from the recipient fetus. Unfortunately, baby b, the donor, suffered a massive stroke and bleeding in the brain. The hard decision had to be made to say goodbye to Preston Joseph, and focus on saving baby A, Carter Richmond. Jenn had to go into surgery again to sever the umbilical cord of Preston so Carter had the best chance of survival as possible. Now that she is done with surgeries, she has to carry both boys until Carter is ready to be delivered. Every ultrasound they go to, every time she feels a kick in her belly, they come to the hard realization that one of their sons is dead, and still inside of her. It is the constant reminder of both blessing for Carter, and pain of losing Preston.

We are putting on a dinner/silent auction to benefit this couple. It is to be held November 6th at 5pm at the Sublimity Fire Station. Any donations would be greatly appreciated. For ticket info, contact tkadin@santiamhospital.com or call 503 339 5926

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carol says ... on Tuesday, Oct 5 at 9:53 PM

Your SMH family is praying for you both! No one can truly know the pain you've gone through, but your kindness, strength, and courage are truly inspirational to us all. Bless you and your family!

Anonymous says ... on Thursday, Sep 16 at 9:50 AM

I will keep praying for you and your family I can't imagine going through all you have been through and you have a great support system.

Michelle says ... on Thursday, Sep 16 at 8:32 AM

My youngest son is a surviving twin; suspected TTTS as well-his twin was crushed when my water broke at 25 wks. My heart goes out to you. I know all too well the conflicting emotions of grief and joy. Email me if you wish--memrysbymichelle@aol.com

Doug Braun says ... on Thursday, Sep 16 at 8:14 AM

Godspeed Little Preston, you will surely be missed. Welcome to the Chaos Little Carter. If there is anything positive at all about a story like this, it's how we ponder and count our own blessings as we read it. My heart hurts for you fine folks.

Melissa says ... on Wednesday, Sep 15 at 9:14 PM

My heart was broken when i read this. I dont know you but you and your family are in my prayers, Icant imagine being in this situation and pray that God gives you the strength and peace that you need.

MochaMomma says ... on Wednesday, Sep 15 at 5:29 PM

You know how I feel about you my dear sweet Jenn. And Chuck, you take such amazing care with her. My hugs are always there for you all. You know that my door and heart are open anytime you need me.

Jen Bartlett says ... on Wednesday, Sep 15 at 8:22 AM

Aww, Jenn, My thoughts and prayers are with you guys. I knew you when you worked at Roth's and Chuck picked me up on the ambulance and was so kind. Praying for you both.

Anonymous says ... on Tuesday, Sep 14 at 10:46 PM

My heart goes out to you guys. You are such nice, special, giving people and my thoughts and prayers are with you.......

Jill lancour says ... on Tuesday, Sep 14 at 10:14 PM

It breaks my heart to see your story, but hopefully somehow it will help out another family. You and Chuck are an amazing couple to endure all that you have. Carter is going to have one amazing guardian angel.

Emily McDonald says ... on Tuesday, Sep 14 at 8:26 PM

My heart goes out to you. I couldn't imagine what you are feeling. You will be in my prayers.

Dawn Hart says ... on Tuesday, Sep 14 at 7:42 PM

Jenn and Chuck definately help out their community. It is nice the community is going to give back to them. They are awesome and loving people and deserve the help.

ffphotog says ... on Tuesday, Sep 14 at 5:58 PM

Just donated a photo shoot and free 8x10 for the action.... Praying for this couple and their little bundle of joy. I know Preston is watching over them all. <3

Michele Webster says ... on Tuesday, Sep 14 at 2:45 PM

Jenn and Chuck, My heart aches for you two. Being a mother myself I am sad to hear of all the hard choices you 2 have had to go through! Having babies is not suppose to be like this! I will continue to pray for you and the family. I love you Jenn.

Jillian Roebke says ... on Tuesday, Sep 14 at 12:42 PM

Love ya guys are continued support/prayers are with you and your family!!!

Deb Larson says ... on Tuesday, Sep 14 at 11:55 AM

our hearts go out to our niece and nephew, they have had a battle with their miracles and pain of losing a child before birth we love you guys and all will be ok in the end, keep praying and loving

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