Most twins are born within such a short duration of each other that it's sometimes easy to forget which one of them is "older." But would you believe a mom from Bermuda actually gave birth to twins eight days apart? Yep. It's a phenomenon known as a "delayed interval birth."
Edonna Bean's pregnancy was progressing along normally, and then in her 18th week, one of the twins' amniotic sac ruptured. Doctors in Bermuda were fairly confident that the baby was not going to make it -- but there was no way Edonna and her husband Ryan were going to give up on their babies.
And that's when Edonna says something miraculous happened.
She explains, "Twin B, Esai, actually kept my uterus up enough to allow Emyr (Twin A) to still live as long as he did. He lasted eight weeks without amniotic fluid."
Edonna wound up being airlifted to a hospital in Nova Scotia that specializes in high-risk pregnancies, and on November 25, baby Emyr was born weighing only 1 pound 15 ounces. And then it took a full eight days for Esai to make his entrance, on December 3. He was a little bigger than his "older" bro -- weighing 2 pounds, 7 ounces.
And believe it or not, the twins are both doing well. This birth story is unique enough as it is -- but I just can't seem to get over the idea of the one twin saving his brother's life. I mean ... I know twins already have a bond with each other that no one can really understand without experiencing it -- but can you imagine how connected these two boys will be growing up? They'll be absolutely inseparable -- although something tells me Esai will love giving Emyr a hard time about how he took care of him in utero the way he did. (Brotherly love and all.)
These babies are definitely two tiny miracles. And it's just so wonderful that their parents are getting a happy ending out of a situation that once looked nothing short of hopeless.
Have you ever heard of delayed interval birth?
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