Premature Central Ga. twins grow up to be successful young adults

Premature twins grow up to be successful young adults

In 1998, WMAZ introduced you to the Rohde family, whose twins, Sarah and Joshua, were born at just 28 weeks old. 

They spent months in the hospital fighting for their lives, but now, nearly 20 years later, the twins have grown into successful young adults, working hard to overcome their disabilities. 

"There were several mornings where you think you just can't do it anymore," said mom Shelly Rohde in 1998. "We thought we were going to lose our kids several times."

The premature birth left both babies hospitalized for months, and now, Sarah still suffers from cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Joshua suffers from asthma and "developmental delay."

"They are fighters, they have accomplished a lot. They really don't see anything in life as a struggle, they're very positive," says Shelly. 

This year as the Rohdes trimmed their Christmas tree, they're reminded that they have a lot to be thankful for.

"I was kind of slow in school, but, I mean, I did pretty good," says Sarah. 

In May, Sarah and Joshua both graduated from Locust Grove High School.

"I got hired at Logan's Roadhouse," says Joshua. 

And in September, Sarah completed her Certified Nursing Assistants course.

"I'm currently volunteering in activities at a nursing home," says Sarah. 

Shelly credits "modern medicine" and a "loving group of doctors and nurses" with saving her twins in 1998, and in 2017, as they place another ornament on their tree, Sarah and Joshua remember to count their blessings. 

"Christmas is about loving and caring, and I'm just happy I'm here today to celebrate God's birthday," says Joshua. 

"If you try hard enough, you can get through anything. You can do whatever you want," says Sarah. 

So as the holiday season approaches, Shelly says she wants to spread everyone a little positivity.

"Even when life seems like it's going down, there's always a bigger plan in place, and my kids are living proof of that," says Shelly. 

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