Former The Bachelor
winner, Vienna Girardi
, has suffered a miscarriage after revealing her pregnancy with identical twin girls was high risk.
Vienna was 18 weeks into her pregnancy when her twin girls "went to Heaven on August 5" as a result of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome.
Vienna, 31, shared the news of her devastating loss in an emotional Facebook post on Sunday, August 13.
"This is the hardest thing I have ever had to write. On Aug 3rd, I went in for an ultra sound bc the Perinatologist noticed one of my twins had more fluids than the other which was the first sign of TTTS (Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome) this is when one twin takes more nutrients than the other," wrote Vienna, who won the heart of Jake Pavelka
on The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love
"They said that it did look like it had improved over the last week though. Unfortunately, that was not the case and that evening my water broke due to the amniotic sacs rupturing. I spent the next 2 days in the hospital trying everything to save them."
Vienna had announced her pregnancy
in June by posting an ultrasound photo on Instagram accompanied by the caption, "Twice the Blessing, Twice the Fun."
According to her representative, Richard Harlow, Vienna celebrated a gender reveal
on July 30, only four days before she was admitted to the hospital on August 3 when her water broke.
Vienna continued in her Facebook post: "The doctors had warned me that if I did not go into labor and deliver the babies, I was taking the chance of risking my own life and causing an infection in my uterus but they could not survive at only 18 weeks."
"They also said that there was a very slim chance under 5% that the babies could survive and the fluids in their amniotic sacs replenish themselves so as any mother would do I did everything to save them but their hearts stopped beating on day two which is also when I went into a septic shock with 104 fever," the former reality TV star wrote.
"My little angels went to Heaven on Aug 5th and I was rushed into the OR for emergency surgery and was in the ICU for 4 days."
Vienna apparently has a heavy heart, and her representative told People
she still has "a long and arduous journey to recovery."
"I don't know why this happened and I pray the Lord gives me strength to understand why he needed my little girls. After days of laying in bed heartbroken and trying to piece what happened back together a doctor asked me if I would consider donating my little girls to science so they can also understand why this happens and be able to save another women who has twins with TTTS," Vienna revealed in her post.
"This was the hardest decision I have ever had to make in my life but I knew my little girls were in Heaven already and the pain I feel I would never want any mother to ever feel. RIP My Sweet Angels. Your mommy will never forget you and I loved you both with my entire heart."
Vienna additionally thanked her fans for their support and prayers, asking everyone to respect her privacy at this time and allow her to grieve.
Vienna never publicly announced the identity of the twins' father.
Vienna was previously engaged to NASCAR driver Todd Allen, whom she dated for three years prior to his August 2016 marriage proposal. However the pair broke off their engagement and split only a few months later in November, Us Weekly
reported at the time.
"If he's stupid enough to walk away, be smart enough to let him go," Vienna captioned a November Instagram photo of herself out with a girlfriend.
Vienna was known as the villain from Jake's The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love
, The Bachelor's
14th season, because she clashed with most of the women in the house.
The couple had called off their engagement in June 2010, just three months after the finale aired on ABC. Their split was very volatile, as both individuals made unflattering accusations and claims about each other in the press.
Shortly after her breakup with Jake, Vienna began dating sixth-season The Bachelorette
contestant Kasey Kahl
. The couple, along with Jake, all appeared on Bachelor Pad's
second season together in 2011, which sparked endless drama.