Tuscaloosa family blessed with twins two years after storm


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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Alshakenya Hughes’s life changed forever on April 27th, 2011 when her 7-week old son, Kaiden, died after sustaining injuries during the storm.

Hughes says Kaiden’s father was holding him when they were both sucked out of the bathtub where the family had taken refuge.

When Hughes found Kaiden, he was breathing for a short time, but he was pronounced dead at DCH Medical Center.

Hughes would be back at DCH exactly two years later for another life-changing event.

She had found out several months before that she was pregnant with twins.  Her due date was suppose to be May 23, 2013, but the babies had another idea.

“Well ever since I was 6 months pregnant, they were trying to get here,” Hughes laughs.

Hughes went into labor on April 27, 2013.  She says with all of the commotion and the pain of childbirth, she didn’t realize the significance of the date.  However, now, as she sits at home kissing the two newcomers she believes it was “meant to be”.

“That’s why I always tell people when they ask me about the situation.  God took one, and he gave me two.”

Hughes is very affectionate with the babies: a boy and girl now 7-weeks-old.  They are the exact age as Kaiden when he passed away two years ago.

“The reason I’m like that is because, of course, I lost one.  I feel like, I didn’t have enough time with him,” Hughes explains.  “So I try to show them as much affection and love as I can because you never know what may happen.”

Hughes says Jimmy Jr. and JaMya are very different from their older brother Kaiden, but she still sees things that remind her of him sometimes.

It’s the way JaMya stretches, or Junior’s attentive and watchful little eyes.

“One day at a time that’s all I can say,” Hughes says.  “Always pray and one day at a time.  The two that I have, they don’t replace him.  Not a day goes by that I don’t think about him.”

But Hughes says these two have put a smile back on her face again.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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