Twins survived life-threatening condition in the womb by embracing each other

The brothers defied the odds despite a grim prognosis that they would strangle each other with their umbilical cords.
Thu Feb 2, 2017 - 12:39 pm EST
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Rowan and Blake Lampshire

KIDLINGTON, England, February 2, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Twin pre-born boys who were in dire danger of strangling each other in the womb defied doctors’ forecasts and cuddled protectively instead.

Rowan and Blake Lampshire were born 36 seconds apart in August weighing just over 2 kg (4.41 pounds) each, their lungs partly filled with fluid.

The twins didn’t leave hospital for three weeks, but their parents, Charlie and Haley, are thankful the boys survived. Doctors had grimly warned them that there was a good chance one would strangle the other in the womb and there wasn’t much that could be done about it.

The brothers were Monoamniotic-Monochorionic, meaning they shared a single amniotic sac and a single placenta and were therefore prone to become tangled in the other’s umbilical cord, cutting off his oxygen or food. Unlike most pregnancies when the risk decreases after 12 weeks, Haley’s condition was the opposite.

“As the babies got bigger,” Haley told the Daily Mirror, “there was more of a chance of their cords becoming tangled.”

Doctors gave them no better than a 50-50 chance of survival. The Mo-Mo condition is rare, affecting approximately one in 65,000 pregnancies.

“If that did happen, then it would likely be that we wouldn’t know, we couldn’t do anything to prevent it, which was the scariest part,” Haley told the Daily Mail.

But ultrasound imagery of the pair revealed something amazing. Instead of moving independently in Haley’s womb, they were cuddling, sometimes touching hands.

“They needed to keep still in order to keep one another alive, but in some pictures they even look like they’re cuddling,” she said.

The doctors had warned of something even worse: That in order for one to survive, the other might have to be removed prematurely, bringing its death. But Haley, a school teacher, and Charlie, a martial arts instructor, are convinced that the boys prevented injury by clutching each other.

The boys’ mother reports that they have continued to enjoy cuddling.

“So far, they have been good at sharing, after all it saved their lives, but I’m sure it will be a different story when they get older,” she said.

“The boys are doing rather well … and Charlie and I know how lucky we are to have them both here,” she told the Daily Mail. “We want to share our story to reassure others that there is hope.”

A miscarriage occurs from 10 percent to 20 percent of twin births.


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