Nancy Grace and Her Miracle Babies
That crisis was averted, but in November, while on maternity leave from the
show, Grace hit a breaking point. Her body was now under extreme strain, with
blood clots forming in her legs and fluid welling up in her heart and lungs.
She was rushed to an Atlanta hospital, and an emergency cesarean section was
performed. "I remember the doctor said to me, ‘How does November 4th sound
for a birthday?' And I was so out of it, I just looked at him and said in
disbelief, ‘Is that today?'"
Born over two months premature, Lucy Elizabeth weighed just two pounds, 15
ounces; her brother was a healthier five pounds, one ounce. Grace, whose blood
pressure remained dangerously high, was treated in the hospital while the
babies were in the neonatal intensive care unit, a time that she remembers as a
"The babies were in the NICU at one end of this big hospital, and I was
at the other end. I was so weak that when the phone rang, I'd turn my head and
stare at it: I couldn't even summon the strength to pick up the phone. They'd
wheel me over to the NICU, and I just felt so helpless. John David was only
there for three weeks, but Lucy, they had to do CAT scans and stick these
things in her eyes for tests, and she would cry this weak little cry.... It was
just horrifying," she says, her voice breaking. "And I don't want to
take away from how wonderful it was to bring John David home, but I couldn't
help but feel like on the day that we did, Lucy was still there, begging me not
to leave her. That's really how it felt."
Through it all, Grace credits her husband as her rock. "He never left my
side. He slept in the hospital with me — but he couldn't figure out how to
unfold the sleeping chair and kept it half collapsed, accordion style," she
says. "And I was having all these weird, feverish episodes, so I'd throw
off the sheets and have the temperature turned all the way down, and he would
have to sleep in his jeans, a shirt, his coat, and his hat. But he stuck with
me the whole time."