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Family needs support in devastating time

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By: Sabrina Ahmed 

A Lincoln family is hit by tragedy and now their neighbors are looking to the community for support.

Last Wednesday, the Frerichs family's life was changed forever.  Eight weeks until her twins were due, Christina Frerichs had a brain aneurysm.

Babies Sophie and Chloe got an abrupt welcome into the world.  Only 32 weeks into her pregnancy, still a month before she's full term, Christina Frerichs collapsed on the floor with a massive brain aneurysm.

She was rushed to the hospital in Omaha and into emergency surgery.

"In the middle of her surgery, they had to stop her surgery as the babies were failing and get them out by emergency C–section," neighbor Amber Schroeder said.

A week later, the twin girls are stable.  They're both in incubators but expected to be fine.  Their mom, Christina, is still fighting for her life.  She's in an induced coma and in critical condition.

Neighbors, Peter Eloge and Amber Schroeder, say Christina's husband, Randy, is emotional but trying to stay strong.

"But he's okay.  He's hanging in there and doing the best that he can for their little girl they have now who's seven," Schroeder said.

With a first grader at home and the rest of his family in the hospital, Peter and Amber say Randy has a lot on his plate.  This is the time when the community should come together.

"He was just really stressed out and so, in my heart, just made me want to do something for him and just get his story out there because he's not the type to ask," Peter said.

Peter and Amber say they're looking to help this family in any way possible, and any amount will make things even just a little bit easier.  There is a fund set up in Randy Frerichs' name at Liberty First Credit Union.

If you're interested in donating items, the family's neighbors, Peter Eloge and Amber Schroeder will accept the donations.  You can contact them at 402-540-1142.

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