Editorial Staff
2 months ago

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2 months ago

US woman gives birth to “miracle babies” from different wombs in “one in a million” event

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by Mick the Ram

In a remarkable event in the field of medical science, a US woman has given birth to two children over the course of less than 24 hours, but they are not twins.

Kelsey Hatcher, 32, has a rare double uterus condition, and fell pregnant in BOTH, something described by the University of Alabama (UAB) Hospital, in Birmingham where the babies were delivered, as a “one in a million” pregnancy.

Ms Hatcher was induced at 39 weeks and spent 20 hours in labour, with the first arriving naturally on Tuesday 19 December and her sister coming along by C-section more than 10 hours later, on Wednesday 20th.

This type of pregnancy is known as a dicavitary, a rare congenital anomaly affecting 0.3% of women and the girls are described as fraternal twins.

Ms Hatcher has had three previous perfectly normal and healthy pregnancies.

Already proved medical predictions wrong

Ms Hatcher first became aware of her rare condition when she was 17-years-old. The medical term is having a didelphic uterus, which in layman’s terms means having two uterus and two cervix.

When she was told about the condition she was also warned that were she able to conceive, she would probably have preterm labour, or a miscarriage; but she went on to have three perfectly normal pregnancies, and has three perfectly healthy children.

Could not believe it

It was during a routine eight-week ultrasound visit back in May of this year that the massage therapist learned not only that she expecting twins for her fourth pregnancy, but also that a fetus was present in each of her uteruses. “I gasped when I was told… we just could not believe it,” she recalled.

Ridiculous odds

According to Kelsey, her pregnancy in each of the two uteruses actually had a mind-blowing 1 in 50 million odds of occurring. Due to its incredible rarity, she decided it would be a good idea to document the pregnancy on her instagram account and developed a huge following, with everyone fascinated by the journey and keen to keep track of her astonishing story.

 

 

Loud cheers accompany arrival

A decision was made to induce her labour a little ahead of schedule at 39 weeks and required double staffing, monitoring and charting at the hospital, as a precaution for the extraordinary event.

Her obstetrician described “a loud cheer from everyone in the room” when the first baby girl was delivered at 7.49pm local time, on 19 December. She was named Roxi Layla and then at 6.10am the following morning, her little sister, given the name Rebel Laken, joined her.

Announcing the arrival of her “miracle babies” on social media, Ms Hatcher hailed the medics as “incredible”.

Sisters and “neighbours”

The UAB described her pregnancy as routine. Professor Richard Davis, who co-managed the delivery, pointed out that each baby had enjoyed “extra space to grow and develop”. This was because each baby had a womb to itself, he said, which obviously is unlike a typical twin pregnancies.

Prof Davis said the girls are what is known as fraternal twins, which is essentially a term used when each baby develops from a separate egg, each fertilised by a separate sperm.

“At the end of the day, it was two babies in one belly at the same time, but they just had different apartments,” he said with a smile.

No Christmas Day birth but thrills all round

Doctors had estimated Christmas Day to be the due date, which obviously would have been quite fitting for the “miracle babies”, but Kelsey was thrilled they actually had separate birthdays and their early arrival meant that the family was now back at home and could “enjoy the holidays”.

Bangladesh last known case

The last widely known case of pregnancies in both uteruses occurred in Bangladesh in 2019, when Arifa Sultana, then just 20-years-old, gave birth to healthy twins, but these were 27 days apart.

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