They will not have all the same birthday … Following a rare medical complication, identical twins will be born several months apart, tells ABC News : one is born great premature September 29, while the Another, still in the womb should be born in January.
After the birth of Link, parents, a couple from Washington state (northwestern US), thus preparing to welcome their second boy, Logan. “It’s surreal,” admits the mother, Holli Gorveatt.
One of the babies drew blood from another
In question, a rare medical complication, which required an operation. Babies suffering from “twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome”, also called maternal-fetal transfusion syndrome. This condition, which appears in identical twins, occurs when the blood of a fetus is transferred disproportionately to the other.
And the consequences can be very serious. “We have a situation where a baby becomes anemic due to loss of blood, and the other is too full of blood, swollen, and goes to a heart attack,” says Dr. Martin Walker, the fetal medicine department of the Evergreen Hospital.
It was he who led the surgery, separating the blood vessels in utero babies, and simultaneously saving two lives. According to him, without treatment, the disorder is fatal in 90% of cases.
The delivery of the second baby stopped
The surgery went well, ABC News reports, but another complication occurred a few days later. The twins exerted too much pressure on the cervix of the mother, and the amniotic sac where Link’s whereabouts could not be retained. Because of the pressure, the medical team had to do to be born at 23 weeks, the limit of the date from which a baby is considered viable.
But when Link was born, the surgeon realized that the pressure had been released and that it was possible to stop the delivery of the second baby, Logan, closing the cervix manually. Through the operation of separating the blood vessels, he was able to stay healthy in the womb.
Very fragile, Link now grows in an incubator, and the parents can not yet take in their arms. If all goes as planned, Logan should his side born in January. And to believe his mother, everything is going pretty well for him, “Logan goes well, he grew up a lot and it just gives blows (…) Before He can move, he was stuck…” Holli Gorveatt should she remain hospitalized until the second delivery.