At nearly three months old, twins Ashton Gailann and Brantley Wayne Jennings were finally able to go home from the hospital — without their mother.
The duo were born following a car crash that ended up killing Ashton Hughes, who was seven months pregnant at the time. The 19-year-old was retuning home from a doctor's appointment when she ran into a stopped SUV.
The twins shortly after their birth. (Photo Credit: FOX Carolina)
Though conscious after the accident — her 11-month-old daughter was also in the car and suffered minor scrapes — Hughes lost a lot of blood during the emergency delivery and died shortly after holding her newborns for the first time.
Ashton (named for her mother) and Brantley spent 12 weeks in the ICU before being released into their dad Zack Jennings' care.
Brantley (left) and Ashton at home. (Photo Credit: FOX Carolina)
"It just hurts my heart so bad. I wish that I could take her place any day," Hughes' father Eric told WYFF4. "I'm thankful for [the babies] being here, but totally saddened by her being gone. The only thing I know we can do is pray and hope for the best."
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for the infants' medical expenses. Find out more about how the family is coping in the video below:
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