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functions. Seven weeks later, the babies – a boy and a girl – were delivered by emergency C-section. After a few weeks in the NICU, they went home thriving. circumstances threatened to overwhelm the Ashes, until they met Jo-Anne Mastor, a retired nurse turned volunteer. “I’ve had two brain surgeries, so I could talk them through the procedure,” she explains. The Ashes still stay in touch with Jo-Anne. She regularly receives pictures and texts and also attended the twins’ christening – a testament to how much Jo-Anne, or “Saint Jo,” as the Ashes call her, means to the happy family. When John tearfully asked her, “What if I never get to see my babies’ faces?” she had an answer for that as well. “I was able to get Stacy booked for a 3-D ultrasound at the pregnancy center where I also volunteer so John could ‘see’ his babies before surgery.” Those pictures would be a turning point for John. “Once I saw those pictures, I knew I had to fight for my babies,” he says. Jo-Anne was at the couple’s side for the surgery, which was successful. Not only was the tumor benign, but John’s recovery was nothing short of a miracle, with no loss of sight or other 25 ((0