Twins Born Amidst Tragedy
By: CJ Cassidy
PEMISCOT COUNTY, Mo. --Where do you find the strength to go on, when you lose not one, but two of your children? You'll remember we told you about a deadly fire in Pemiscot County a week and a half ago, that claimed the lives of two one-year-old twins. Autopsy results showed Alexis and Bradley Johnson died of smoke inhalation. Now, the twin's parents say they soon realized they had two altogether new reasons to stay strong.
It began when their 1-year old twins Bradley and Alexis died in a fire that destroyed their home. "I was trying to get them, but I couldn't," Deandra says.
Then there was the fact that 26-year-old Deandra, was eight months pregnant, but when she was admitted for injuries the night of the fire - doctors told her she was expecting twins. Again. Deandra gave birth to two bouncing baby boys on Thursday. The fratenal twins weighed in at a little over five pounds each and were born a minute apart.
The Johnson family can't get enough of their new additions, but Bradley and Alexis are never far from their thoughts. Deandra keeps a shiny locket with their pictures on it close to her heart, hoping time helps dull the pain she feels inside.
The family plans on staying with friends, because they have nowhere else to go. If you would like to help, there is a trust set up for them at the Southern Missouri Bank in Poplar Bluff.
P O Box 521
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901