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Lani has emergency surgery
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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

At Doug's Place, Doug told Julie that Hope would call with news about Ciara. Abe arrived with Valerie for dinner. Valerie asked Julie if she could hold a baby shower at the club. After checking the schedule, Julie noted that she did not have any openings soon. Valerie cheerfully reminded Julie that Lani was not due for three months. Valerie picked a date and promised to get back to Julie with the details.

"Planning this shower is just what we need right now," Doug said. "And our families doing this together means a lot to me," Abe added. Abe apologized to Doug for his behavior after Theo's shooting. With a shake of his head, Doug told Abe not to worry. Julie noted that even the best of friends had trouble, and she was excited to be a family with the new baby.

At the hospital, Lani pleaded with Kayla not to force her to have her baby. Lani refused to sign the consent forms for a C-section. J.J. and Eli asked Lani to reconsider, but Lani refused to accept that her baby was ready for delivery. Kayla informed Lani that she risked the life of her child if she did not go through with the operation.

"You're one of the strongest and brightest persons I've ever seen, but Lani, you're not Superwoman," J.J. said. Eli concurred. Reluctantly, Lani agreed to sign the forms. In tears, Lani gripped her stomach while Kayla rushed off to prepare for surgery. Eli coached Lani through her pain, and J.J. slipped out of the room. J.J. called Abe to tell him about Lani's surgery.

After preparing Lani for surgery, Kayla looked at the baby on an ultrasound. Kayla assured Lani that the baby's heartbeat was strong. J.J. crept back into the room and watched Kayla with Lani. Kayla took Eli aside and informed him that he would not be able to be in the delivery room. Smiling, Kayla added, "I'm sure you will be changing diapers like a pro."

J.J. told Lani that he had called her father and that he was on his way. Touched, Lani thanked J.J. for his help in getting her to the hospital. As Kayla wheeled Lani out of the room, Abe and Valerie arrived at the hospital. Abe encouraged Lani not to worry.

"I missed my chance to spoil you, but I'm going to make up for it with this baby," Abe said. Lani lamented that she had not purchased everything she needed for the baby yet. "I just hope this child makes you as proud as you make me," Abe whispered. Lani told her father that she loved him as Kayla wheeled her down the hallway.

Valerie calmed Eli. Noticing her son's nerves, Valerie offered to scrub in and watch the birth. Eli gratefully accepted the offer. After Valerie left, Abe and Eli stood wordlessly next to one another. With an awkward glance, J.J. left the hospital. Abe told Eli that he trusted Eli would not abandon his child. Eli firmly stated that he would be a part of his child's life, unlike his own father.

As Abe went to get coffee, Julie rushed in to support Eli. Doug arrived as Julie asked Eli about his living plans with Lani. With a shrug, Eli said that Lani had put off the discussion.

In surgery, Valerie complained about the cold. Kayla told Valerie that feeling cold was normal. Valerie arrived, and Lani exclaimed, "The more the merrier." Valerie informed Lani that the neonatologist was on the way. Kayla told Lani that they would make sure that the baby had skin-to-skin contact with her, to improve the child's chances at survival. Kayla informed Lani that her son, Joey, had been early like Lani's baby.

"I feel funny," Lani said. The nurse noted that Lani's blood pressure was dropping. Lani fell asleep and dreamed of walking through a hallway toward a bright light. Kayla's voice pleaded with Lani, "Stay with us." Lani dreamed that when Kayla had told Lani that she was pregnant, the baby had been J.J.'s child. Lani then imagined going through her pregnancy with J.J. at her side. In her dream, Lani and J.J. ran into Jennifer and Eric in the square. Jennifer happily told J.J. that she had bought the baby the same train that J.J. had bought for Thomas. J.J. told Jennifer that he was engaged to Lani.

In the hospital room, Kayla continued with the C-section, and she urged Lani to fight so that she could meet her baby. Valerie noted that Lani was losing a lot of blood. In her dream, Lani imagined a baby shower with J.J. Eli arrived at the shower and took Lani aside. Eli informed Lani that Gabi had learned about the affair, and he warned her to look out for Gabi. J.J. rushed over and told Lani that Gabi had called him. J.J. asked Lani if she had slept with Eli. Lani assured J.J. that he was the baby's father. Lani and Eli hurriedly told J.J. what had happened on Christmas Eve. J.J. forgave Lani.

While Lani dreamed of going into labor at her baby shower, in real life, Kayla hurried to remove the baby from Lani. In Lani's dream, she walked into a bright light as her heartbeat stopped. In the delivery room, Valerie leaped into action to restart Lani's heart.

J.J. walked to the pub. When Jennifer invited J.J. to join her, Eric, Chloe, and Lucas, J.J. told Jennifer that Lani was in early labor. After J.J. picked up food, Jennifer, Eric, Chloe, and Lucas accompanied him back to the hospital. When the group arrived, they offered Eli support. Eli asked for space.

"This family takes care of their own, whether they like it or not. Take it from me -- you'll grow to like it," Lucas said. Jennifer chimed in that they would return when Eli and Lani were ready. Lucas left the food behind, and they turned to leave. Eli called out and asked everyone to stay.

"I overreacted. Stay. You're right. I do want my child to be raised in a family like this," Eli said. Jennifer noticed J.J. in the corner. J.J. told his mother that he did not want to make Eli uncomfortable. Jennifer suggested that Lani would want J.J. to stay. Eli walked over and thanked J.J. for watching over Lani.

"You got her to sign the consent forms. You called her dad. You did everything that I should have done," Eli said. Eli asked J.J. to be a part of the baby's life.

Julie asked Eric to lead the group in a prayer. Eric was quick to note that he was no longer a priest, but Julie responded that Eric still knew a number or prayers. With a nod, Eric asked everyone to get in a circle and join hands. As Eric said a prayer, down the hall, Kayla and Valerie fought to save Lani and her baby in the operating room. Valerie did chest compressions to restart Lani's heart. At the conclusion of Eric's prayer, Kayla appeared. Kayla informed the group that they had almost lost Lani, but she had pulled through. Worried, Eli asked Kayla about the baby.

"We did everything we could, but the baby didn't make it. It was a little boy. I'm so sorry," Kayla said. "No. You said there was a 90% chance," Eli mumbled. Abe patted Eli on the back, and he asked Kayla if Lani knew about the baby. With a shake of her head, Kayla said that Lani was still unconscious.

In recovery, Valerie pushed aside Lani's hair as she slept. Valerie whispered, "You're all right now." Lani dreamed that J.J. told her that the baby had struggled. Panicked, Lani asked J.J. if her baby was okay. A nurse carried in a healthy baby boy. Elated, Lani held her baby. In the real world, Valerie held Lani's hand and kissed her forehead. Valerie looked over at a sheet of paper with the footprints of her grandson on it. In tears, Valerie left Lani alone to sleep.

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