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Andrea and Anthony Temperino share their story of survival. While pregnant with triplets, Andrea was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder, Myasthenia Gravis with antibodies to muscle specific tyrosine kinase (MuSK), a condition that weakens the muscles and affects swallowing, speech and breathing. Doctors believe Andrea is the first woman pregnant with triplets to be diagnosed with this condition in the United States.

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Andrea and Anthony’s Story :

Five years ago, Andrea and Anthony Temperino were devastated to learn they had a “zero percent chance” of having babies of their own. They’d always dreamed of having a big family, so they wouldn’t take no for an answer. The determined couple sought help from an infertility doctor in Broward whose specialty is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). They made a complete lifestyle change, which included eating only organic foods. It paid off when the couple became the parents to a (Ayden) son 20 months ago. They returned to the doctor earlier this year to continue to grow their family and in June they learned that Andrea, 34, was pregnant again – this time with triplets.

Just weeks after receiving this great news, Andrea began feeling ill. She had trouble swallowing and breathing, was unable to lay flat and felt an odd sensation around her lips. Andrea spent 10 days in intensive care at a community hospital without a diagnosis before going to the emergency room at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami Florida. Within hours, doctors at Jackson determined Andrea was suffering from a rare autoimmune disorder, Myasthenia Gravis with antibodies to muscle specific tyrosine kinase (MuSK), a condition that weakens the muscles and affects swallowing, speech and breathing. Doctors believe Andrea is the first woman pregnant with triplets to be diagnosed with this condition in the United States and possibly the world.

Andrea, who was in extremely critical condition, was admitted to the neurocritical care unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where she spent eight days on a ventilator. At one point, Andrea was so ill that she nearly died. But a team of UM/Jackson neurologists treated her and placed her on the appropriate medications. Upon discharge, Andrea was closely followed by a team of UM/Jackson neurologists and OB/GYNs.

On November 1, when Andrea was 30 weeks gestation, she complained of abdominal pain. As a precaution, Andrea came to Jackson for a check-up with her OB/GYN. She was experiencing a placental abruption, a rare, life-threatening pregnancy complication in which the placenta separates from its attachment to the wall of the uterus. Andrea’s life was in jeopardy, as were the lives of her three babies.

Doctors immediately performed an emergency Cesarean Section on Andrea. All three baby boys – Ashton and identical twins Alexander and Austyn – were born within one minute, weighing about three pounds each. A team of University of Miami/Holtz Children’s Hospital neonatologists was in the operating room to immediately care for the babies. The most critical, Ashton, inhaled and ingested blood that collected in his amniotic sac because of the placental abruption. After birth, he required mechanical ventilation and inhaled nitric oxide. The other two babies were stable. All were admitted to the NICU at Holtz, where they remain and will continue to grow for the next few weeks.

Now, Andrea and the babies are doing well. Andrea and Anthony say they have a lot to be thankful for and are looking forward to bringing awareness to this cause!

“We had all the odds stacked against us,” said Anthony Temperino, a commercial pilot. “But Jackson saved the lives of my wife and babies not once – but twice.

As you can imagine “we are so blessed” said Anthony and Andrea to share our story with you. Our challenges with Infertility, and then this rare auto-immune disorder which struck us when we were not looking really put our lives into perspective. We want to make a positive difference in the future success stories of people struggling with Infertility, and auto-immune disorders. The challenges we faced prepared us to take initiative, and advocate for ourselves! This is why we feel that we were able to turn our situation around. With your help we can make a difference in people’s lives! Our focus is to share our Infertility Journey with others.

In addition to sharing our journey we would like to help those living with auto immune disorders such as Myasthenia Gravis-MuSK…I know most of you never heard of this...Your not alone we didn’t either! This is a silent illness which needs a voice! We are now that voice that so many need to hear!

Sincerely,
Andrea & Anthony Temperino



Our Vision


To create awareness through education that creating possibilities and ultimately miracles.


Our Mission


To create public awareness through education and fundraising about autoimmune disorders such as Myasthenia Gravis and Myasthenia Gravis-MuSK including Male and Female factor Infertility. We will be the voice of these two silent but life changing medical issues.

Our Guiding Principles


  • We honor God in all we do.
  • We inspire trust by having integrity.
  • We help people develop and grow.
  • We serve our community in remarkable ways.
  • We pursue excellence and continuously improve.
  • We contribute to humanity which we serve.

In the Media

In The Media


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