STOCKTON - Friends and family are looking to lend an extra hand to a Stockton couple juggling three children and newborn twins with special needs.
Twins Jackson and Jameson Lopez are going to be two months old next week. Both were born with a rare genetic condition called anophthalmia, which means they were born without their left eyes. Jackson, the oldest, was also born with an underdeveloped eye, or microthalmia, -- meaning he is completely blind. Jameson can see out of his right eye, but has a club foot.
The twins may have some tough challenges ahead of them, but the boys -- sporting superhero onesies -- and their family are taking it one day at a time.
Parents Summer Hollingsworth and Michael Lopez said the sonograms showed two perfectly healthy infant boys. They never knew there was anything wrong until days after the boys were born.
"I was definitely surprised and overwhelmed with emotion when I found out they had a condition," Hollingsworth said. "I had to pull myself out of the slump and deal with things the best I can, and realize I have three other kids who need me, and I need to deal with things the best I can."
"When I first found out, you run through the whole series of emotions," Lopez said. "And you're thinking 20 years into the future, how is life going to be."
Hollingsworth and Lopez said they both had to take a leave of absence from their jobs because they go to San Francisco four to six times a month for the twins' doctor appointments -- everything ranging from genetics, endocrine, neurology and ophthalmology.
Gas costs and medical bills are just part of the expenses. With twins--that means they go through twice as many diapers and formula.
Friends and family are stepping up to help the family. They are raising awareness of the twin's condition. They are also raising money to help the family by starting a GoFundMe account -- www.gofundme.com/91gm4s