A COUPLE have told of their anguish after their miracle twin babies were mowed down in their stroller by a suspected drug driver and left with possible brain damage.
Dad Mariano Trench, 41, his husband Gonzalo Neris, 44, and their newborn son and daughter were knocked over “like bowling pins” in the horror smash.
The tragedy unfolded in Miami, Florida less than a month after babies Francisca and Nikolas Neris-Trench were born on January 10 via a surrogate.
Mariano, a lawyer, and Gonzalo, a compliance officer, had flown to the US from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to start their dream family as the surrogate mother lives in Miami.
On February 4, the new dads were out for a walk with Mariano’s mother and pushing the twins in their stroller when a black Mercedes mounted the pavement and ploughed into them.
“We had all been thrown on our backs like bowling pins,” Mariano said.
Little Francisca and Nikolas both suffered fractured skulls and bleeding on the brain and were admitted to the ICU at Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami.
Doctors fought to reduce the swelling but the long-term impact of the injuries remains unclear and the tots may be left permanently brain damaged.
And while Gonzalo was not seriously hurt, Mariano had to undergo emergency surgery to repair lacerations to his liver, intestine and colon.
His mom Ofelia Colla, 78, who was also hit, suffered a serious concussion.
Suspected drug driver Matthew Miller, 29, of Daytona Beach, Florida, was arrested following the horror smash and Miami Beach Police Department said his behaviour was consistent with “that of a person who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”
Miller confessed that he had taken Percocet, a powerful opiate pain reliever.
He was charged with reckless driving with serious bodily injury and driving with a suspended license on February 5 and Judge Mindy Glazer set his bond at $250,000.
He remains in custody at a correctional centre.
Mariano said: “Our one-month-old babies didn’t deserve this terrible experience. Any of us could have died there, if not all of us.”
Francisca and Nikolas were discharged from hospital two weeks after the crash but require ongoing care and are unable to return to Argentina to have it there.
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The family have hit their insurance coverage limit already and are struggling to cover the costs as they are not permitted to work in the US.
They have set up a GoFundMe account to help fund vital medical care for the twins as they continue their recovery.
“It’s going to be a long run while they develop and grow in the years to come and I’m afraid many years of doctors and therapy await us,” Mariano said.
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