NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Kentucky woman is considered a medical miracle.
Nanette Raymer has consistently worked hard to keep her high-blood pressure, diabetes and now kidney disease under control.
But, during some of the most exciting news of her life, Raymer found she had double the reason to worry.
"I feel really good," she said.
Six times a week she undergoes kidney dialysis at Baptist Hospital.
"I had lost 18 pounds and was still going to the kidney doctor regularly," she said. "She had said if you get to a point where you're really sick and can't keep foods down, it's probably time to start dialysis."
Diagnosed with kidney failure a year ago, Raymer wasn't surprised.
She has dealt with its precursor - diabetes - since she was a child.
What did surprise her was the news that she was expecting a child.
"I was very anxious and I kind of wanted it to be, to know that it was going to be okay but we never know that," she said.
Only 2 percent of women with kidney disease can even get pregnant.
This is why this news is even more incredible.
"The lady who did the ultrasound said, ‘oh, I have a surprise,' and I said, ‘I think I know I what you're gonna say,'" Raymer said. "I see two little flickers and she said, ‘Uh yes, you're having twins.'"
At 28 weeks, Raymer was considered high-risk so she took up permanent residence at the hospital until her babies were delivered.
Dr. Cornelia Graves takes care of high-risk patients at Baptist.
"Some people would say, well you know this is dangerous," Graves said. "Yes, is, but this is her choice and she wants to continue with the pregnancy."
Raymer was on an insulin pump, which required a certain diet. She was under constant supervision.
"Our goal is to get her through the pregnancy and get her back on the transplant list and a candidate for transplant as soon as possible because we want her to live another 20 years so she can see her children grow up," Graves said.
Visits from loved ones helped her stay positive.
"Women are not suppose to be able to get pregnant when their kidneys don't work. So the fact that Nanette got pregnant despite her diabetes, despite her high blood pressure, despite her age, despite her kidney failure is really somewhat of a miracle," Graves said.
"I have a very strong faith," Raymer said. "We did a lot of praying even before we decided to see Dr. Graves. So, I think God has a big part in this."
Raymer said it is important to sign up on a local donor list and to fill out a donor card.
She delivered twin boys - Bryce and Blake Raymer - last week. The babies and their mother are doing very well.