After more than five years trying to add to their family, a North Port couple is doubly thankful this year. Mattheaw and Crystal Lintz brought their newborn twin girls home, just in time for their first Thanksgiving.
Olive and Piper Lintz were born November 21st at Sarasota Memorial Hospital-Venice. Olive was born at 8:35 am weighing 4 pounds, 11 ounces, and sister Piper was born a minute later weighing 5 pounds, 15 ounces.
The girls met their 10-year-old brother Tristan on their birth day, just a few days after he celebrated his own.
“It’s so special to see him with his sisters less than a week after his 10th birthday,” said Crystal. “We have been trying for so long to give him a sibling, and it’s even more special to give him two for his birthday and Thanksgiving week.”
Like many other families, Crystal and Mattheaw say they struggled with infertility. After six years of trying to get pregnant naturally, they sought medical intervention. Their first embryo transfer in September of 2021 resulted in a miscarriage, but they decided to try again.
“Mattheaw worked extra shifts, we cut back where we needed to, but we were determined,” Crystal remembered.
“It’s just money,” Mattheaw added. “Looking at them now, it was all worth it. There is no feeling like this.”
First Physicians Group Obstetricians Angela Marshall, MD, and Anthony Canino, MD, and the SMH-Venice labor and delivery team were thrilled to deliver the twins during Thanksgiving week. Since opening in November of 2021, SMH-Venice has delivered more than 200 babies, but the Lintz girls were the first set of twins delivered at SMH-Venice.
“Every month we have delivered more and more babies, and to deliver our first set of twins during the holiday week is just another celebration for us,” said Maurya Olson, BSN, RN, CBC, the Clinical Manager for LDRP & OB ECC at SMH-Venice.
The Lintz family says they will spend the holiday quietly at home, but look forward to introducing their newest additions to more family around Christmas time.
“We just have so much to be thankful for and celebrate,” Crystal said.
About Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
Founded in 1925, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional medical center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of care, with more than 1,900 physicians and advanced practice providers and more than a million patient visits a year across its network of care. Sarasota County’s largest employer, the health system includes two full-service hospitals in Sarasota and Venice, a freestanding ER in North Port, and a comprehensive network of outpatient centers, urgent care clinics and physician practices that stretch from Manatee County to North Port. As the region’s only public health system and not-for-profit health care provider, SMH serves as a critical safety net for the uninsured in Sarasota County. Visit smh.com for information.