AURORA — The Hostetler family of Aurora will celebrate Father’s Day on June 17 with extra thanks in their hearts.

Jared Hostetler will remember it not only as his first Father’s Day, but because of the dramatic events that led up to it.

On March 30, Stacy Hostetler delivered twins Grayson and Zelda via C-section at University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center. She had experienced a completely normal, uneventful pregnancy, and the twins were healthy and perfect. But moments after they were born, Stacy was bleeding profusely.

Dr. Denise Hartup, one of the obstetricians who assisted during the delivery, calmly explained the options to the Hostetlers, including the possibility Stacy would need a total hysterectomy. She suggested Jared wait in another room with the babies.

"I didn’t know what fear truly was before sitting there with my newborns, facing the very real possibility that they may never meet their mother and that I may have just told my wife I loved her for the last time," Jared recalled.

Over the next several hours, the labor and delivery nurses checked in with Jared and the babies to make sure they were as comfortable as possible. Gynecologic surgeon Dr. Patricia McNamara kept him updated on his wife’s progress as he waited anxiously through the night.

Finally, Hartup came back into the room to report to Jared that the surgery was over and Stacy was stable. "She explained they could not control the bleeding and Stacy had needed an emergency hysterectomy to save her life," Jared said.

When Stacy awoke at 11 that night, her first thought was about the babies. Unable to speak because of a tube in her throat, she queried her husband by miming rocking a baby. He quickly reassured her that Zelda and Grayson were healthy and perfect.

Stacy stayed in ICU until April 1, without being able to meet her twins. When she first held the babies that morning, "it was very emotional for the whole family," Jared said.

Stacy and the babies were discharged from the hospital two days later. Within two weeks of the twins’ births, Jared and Stacy returned to UH Geauga Medical Center with Zelda and Grayson to personally express their gratitude to the doctors and nurses who saved Stacy’s life.

Now, two and a half months later, the babies continue to thrive, and the Hostetlers hope to celebrate a joyful Father’s Day with all four members of the family present. "If it wasn’t for the doctors and nurses at UH Geauga, this story could have a very different ending," Jared said.

"The doctors and nurses who saved Stacy’s life will always hold the highest place in our family’s personal hall of heroes."