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‘Bachelor’ Alum Vienna Girardi Suffers Miscarriage of Twin Girls

It’s a tragedy when a woman has a miscarriage, so I can’t even imagine what Bachelor alum Vienna Girardi is going through right now. After announcing her pregnancy on Instagram in June, Vienna lost her twin girls at only 18 weeks to Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome. Not only was she hospitalized for the miscarriage, but she almost lost her own life.

In a Facebook post Sunday, Jake Pavelka’s former fiancée explained the ordeal and asked for privacy during her grieving process. “On Aug 3rd, I went in for an ultra sound bc the Perinatologist notice one of my twins had more fluids than the other which was the first sign of TTTS (Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome) this is when one twin takes more nutrients than the other,” she wrote.

Despite being told her condition was improved, Vienna’s water broke when the amniotic sacs ruptured, forcing her to rush to the hospital and try to save the twins. Her doctor warned that the only way to save her own life from possible infection was to deliver the babies, even though their survival rate was less than 5 percent.

“As any mother would do I did everything to save them but their hearts stopped beating on day two which is also when I went into septic shock with 104 fever,” Vienna explained. “My little angels went to Heaven on Aug 5th and I was rushed into the OR for emergency surgery and was in the ICU for 4 days.”

Richard Harlow, Vienna’s longtime friend and rep, told PEOPLE, “Her heart is heavy. Having cried with her, I can honestly say this is one of the worst things I’ve experienced with my close friend and client of 7 years. It’s a devastating experience. She wants everyone to know how much she loved her little babies.”

All we can do now is give Vienna privacy to grieve and try to support her through this tough time. 

Emily Schmidt

Stanford '20

Emily Schmidt is a junior at Stanford University, studying English and Spanish. Originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, she quickly fell in love with the Californian sunshine and warm winter temperatures. Emily writes a hodgepodge of pieces from satiric articles for The Stanford Daily to free-verse poetry to historical fiction. Just like her writing repertoire, her collection of hobbies are widely scattered from speed-crocheting to Irish dancing to practicing calligraphy. When she is not writing or reading, Emily can also be found jamming out to Phil Collins or watching her favorite film, 'Belle.'