Hinman's Leave Extended So He Can Continue To Be With His Wife

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Jenna Hinman continues to recover in a Syracuse hospital after contracting cancer during the birth of her twins last month. She's the wife of Fort Drum soldier Sgt. Brandon Hinman.

"Yeah, basically it's hospital and home," Sgt. Hinman said.

A post on the Prayers for Jenna Facebook page has many believing he had been called back to post to continue working. As it turned out, his bosses only wanted some papers signed.

Hinman was at Fort Drum this week signing the papers necessary to extend his leave. Now that that's happened, he won't be back for a while. He'll be spending his time in Syracuse,

"That's all I had to do, was come back and make sure all that was finalized and good and that was why my leadership had me come back," he said.

Even if they're on leave, active duty soldiers can be called back to work at any time. Each soldier accumulates a certain amount of leave days. In Hinman's case, that number is 52. He's already used 35 of them, but expects something to be figured out if he hits his limit.

Meanwhile, his twin daughters are getting better. Azlynn, who was born at 3 pounds, 6 ounces, now weighs 6 pounds, 5ounces. Kinleigh was born at 2 pounds, 8 ounces and is now 5 pounds, 4 ounces.

"They know their mom," Jenna Hinman's mother, Kim Blaisdell, said. "They were both crying very heavily and as soon as I put them on Jenna's chest, they completely stopped crying and went to sleep. They knew. They know their mom."

"We need to continue to kill the cancer. We need to continue to clear her lungs," Sgt. Hinman said. "She still has a massive tumor blocking her airway."

Saturday, December 20, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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