Colton Dixon Recalls How He and His Wife ‘Prayed’ After One of Their Twin Daughters Was Born ‘Without a Pulse’

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Colton Dixon relied on his faith when the recent arrival of his newborns didn’t go according to plan.

On Aug. 18, the American Idol alum and wife Annie welcomed identical twin daughters Ava Dior and Athens Elizabeth after what Dixon calls “the perfect pregnancy.” The delivery, however, didn’t go as smoothly.

“Annie never got sick, not once. Every checkup was textbook perfect,” he tells PEOPLE. “People would stare at just how well she was carrying not one, but two babies. But the delivery was a different story.”

Dixon, 28, says that the couple’s “plans changed” after about 30 hours of labor, and Annie prepared for an emergency cesarean section.

“We never expected our little Ava Dior would arrive in the world without a pulse. In that moment, we had a choice: faith or fear,” says the singer. “We watched and prayed as the doctors and nurses resuscitated our daughter back to life.”

“After several days in the NICU, Dior was able to join us at home, happy and healthy. That was a great day,” he adds. “Life doesn’t always happen the way we want it to, but we believe that life is more about the way we respond to things than what happens to us. We thank God and our amazing doctors and nurses for our two little miracles.”

The Christian music artist, who placed seventh on the 11th season of Idol, says the experience gave a newfound poignancy to his tune from earlier this year titled “Miracles,” telling PEOPLE, “To be honest, this recent journey has given the song a whole new meaning to me.”

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Benjamin VanHoose and Anya Leon