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Monday, January 8, 2007
Elliotts' unexpected Christmas present

It wasn't the Christmas present world champion bull rider Dustin Elliott and his wife Cynthia were expecting, but they are thankful for the gift just the same. The Elliott's were expecting twins, a boy and a girl, on March 10. However, when they returned to Nebraska from the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Cynthia had one of her regular checkups and learned that things were progressing faster than they should be.

Her doctor in North Platte sent her to a specialist in Lincoln, where they immediately put her on bedrest at St. Elizabeth Hospital. They monitored her until Christmas Eve morning, when Ethan and Emma Elliott entered the world. Ethan was born naturally and weighed just 3 lbs., while Emma was taken by emergency Caesarean section and weighed just over 2 lbs.

Both babies were put on oxygen, with Ethan being taken off on his two-week birthday. Emma was still on high-flow oxygen at press time. According to Dustin, everyone is doing well and that the babies are eating well and gaining weight.

Doctors expect for the two to remain in the hospital in Lincoln until March 10, their original due date. For those wishing to send the Elliotts a note you can email them at