Hinman twins arrive home while mother still battles cancer

Published 04/18 2014 01:10PM

Updated 04/18 2014 11:01PM

Azlynn and Kinleigh Hinman being held by their father, Fort Drum Army Sgt. Brandon Hinman.
Azlynn and Kinleigh Hinman being held by their father, Fort Drum Army Sgt. Brandon Hinman.
Updated at 11 p.m. on Friday, April 18

Port Byron (WSYR-TV) – The Hinman family reached a major milestone today when the twins arrived at home.

Their mom Jenna continues to take steps toward recovery while battling cancer of the placenta.

Her daughters – Azlynn and Kinleigh – have been released from Crouse and are at Jenna’s parents’ home in Port Byron.

At just six weeks old, the twins can’t begin to comprehend how many people their lives have touched.

As they lay peacefully, their family says their arrival at home is nothing short of a miracle.

“It’s great that this is a process it’s a good thing they needed to come home and they're ready to be home,” said their father, Fort Drum soldier Brandon Hinman.

The children were delivered 10 weeks early and their mother, Jenna, was in the fight of her life 24 hours later as she battled a rare form of cancer.

Jenna Hinman was put in a medically induced coma, and the NICU became the twins’ temporary home.

Jenna is showing steady signs of improvement and the twins are finally out of the hospital.

“They are doing great, they want them to gain half an ounce each day and they eat every three hours so they are doing good,” Brandon said.

“The significance of them being in Jen’s room is incredible, it is. They are in their mommy's childhood room and that's where they belong,” said Kim Blaisdell, Jenna’s mother.

For Kim, the twins’ return has been emotional.

“It was bittersweet for me to leave the hospital because I left my baby there but I didn’t leave here I've been back and I'll be going back and I'm doing what she wants me to do and that's being there for my grandbabies,” she said.

But Kim’s not alone. Support for the Hinmans is pouring in from throughout the country.

People have sent the family clothes, diapers, blankets, and toys.

Jenna’s husband, Brandon, will return to duty at Fort Drum next week.

He will split time between the base, the hospital, and Port Byron.

Next Saturday, family and friends are hosting “Jam for Jenna” to help the family.

The fundraiser event will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. at Falcon’s in Auburn.

Admission is $10 for food, entertainment, raffles, and activities.

For updates on the family’s progress or to learn more, visit the Prayers for Jenna Facebook page.

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