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Resident commissioner gives first interview after giving birth to twins

Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón

By The Star Staff

After giving birth to twins two weeks ago, Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón took a brief pause in her maternity process this week to grant her first interview, to journalists Rafael Lenin López and Dennise Pérez on Magic 97.3 FM’s “Primer Round” program.

The resident commissioner said she gave birth at 35 weeks by cesarean section on Friday, Feb. 16, and was discharged nearly a week later.

The twins are in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) since the girl was born underweight at three pounds, 12 ounces and is already weighing in at four pounds, three ounces, her mother said.

She was the first to be born, within two minutes ahead of her brother.

The girl, named Jenniffer after her mother, is no longer given serum antibiotics and is stabilizing along with gaining weight.

González Colón, who is also seeking to become the New Progressive Party candidate for governor, visits the newborns in the hospital on a regular basis during the stipulated visiting hours, walking to reduce the pain of the cesarean section, and breastfeeding them, while the girl is also given milk by formula.

The mother of Jenniffer Nydia Mercedes (named for her mother and her two grandmothers) and José Yovin said she felt like “the happiest mom in the world.”

“My husband and I don’t miss a second,” she added.

“You fall in love because obviously from such a young age you see what the attitude is going to be,” González Colón said. “For example, the girl is the oldest by two minutes; you see how fast she is going, you notice how fast she is leading, so we start to make a lot of guesses between one and the other. Jenniffer Nydia Mercedes is the fastest to go, the one who starts to eat the fastest; you say the boy ate all the food in my belly and the girl is the one who is eating all the food outside.”

As of now no date has been set for when the twins will leave the hospital. Doctors have stated that first the girl should reach a minimum weight of 4 pounds, 7 ounces.

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