A father of newborn twins born two months premature got help from his two tiny helpers Thursday when he proposed to their mother in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns in San Diego.
Chula Vista resident Andres Alonso, 24, popped the question to the mother of his children, Fernanda Busani, 20, by dressing their twin babies in custom onesies that read, “Will You Marry My Daddy?”
Alonso sat in a sofa chair inside their hospital room, with one newborn tucked into each of his arms, an engagement ring box open on a pillow beside him, waiting for Busani.
When the mother realized what was happening, she was shocked and overwhelmed with happiness.
She said yes, much to the delight of teary-eyed nurses watching the sweet proposal.
Jessica Crawford, a spokesperson for Sharp Memorial Hospital, said the NICU nurses knew about the sweet proposal ahead of time, and were very excited to watch the plan unfold, counting the seconds until Alonso popped the question.
“In fact, a nurse peeked through the curtains a second before Fernanda turned the corner. She realized what was happening and bolted out of there just in time,” Crawford recounted.
Crawford told NBC 7 the couple’s twin boys – Maximiliano and Santiago – were born at Sharp Mary Birch on Oct. 8, at 31 weeks gestation. Their original due date was Dec. 8. At birth, the twins weighed just over three pounds.
Crawford said the twins have been patients at the NICU for the past month, where they will continue to stay until they are discharged, likely around their original due date next month.
Despite the dozens of families treated at the Sharp Mary Birch NICU over the past 13 years, Crawford said proposals like this are an uncommon event at the NICU, making this family’s story very memorable for staffers.
For the happy new parents and soon-to-be newlyweds, it too was a day that will go down in their family’s history.
Alonso and Busani released this joint statement to NBC 7 Thursday afternoon, following the proposal:
“We would like to thank Sharp Mary Birch for this wonderful experience. The babies couldn’t have been somewhere better. We also would like to thank the nurses for always helping out and being so friendly. We are so happy and thankful that our twins are advancing quickly and will soon be home. We will now officially be a happy family.”