Texas Mother Gives Birth To Twins Born Two Weeks Apart
Medical miracles leave one awestruck and the case of a Texan mother LaTroya Woolridge is one such example. LaTroya was just 24-weeks pregnant when she experienced intense labor pains and had to be admitted to the hospital.
What followed was nothing short of a miracle. LaTroya went on to deliver premature twins one of whom was born two weeks after the first delivery.
Defeating all odds, LaTroya's babies made it out of the woods after a particularly difficult childbirth and after-care process.
Texas Miracle Twins
In mid-January, when the mother of the twins experienced the labor pains, her husband Arthur Woolridge was away from home. The weather too was not in her favor as heavy rains seemed to be on the cards.
Despite the unfriendly weather in Houston, LaTroya drove herself to the Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, even as her labor pains worsened and made her feel nauseous. The doctors at the hospital informed LaTroya that she was in active labor and was being transferred to the birthing room.
It was then she called for her husband Arthur.
"For a dad and also a husband, it was terrible - to be on the phone with her while your wife is in labor," said Arthur to KTRK.
On Jan. 17 Woolridge successfully gave birth to her first child, a girl she named Amara. The premature baby, at the time of her birth weighed 1 pound and 3 ounces.
Given that Amara was born roughly 12 weeks prior to the normal birth time for human babies, she was immediately transferred to ICU for in-depth care and treatment.
However the nightmare for LaTroya and her babies was far from being over as Amara's fraternal twin did not come out at the same time.
Fourteen days later, Amara's twin was born. The infant weighed 2 pounds 2 ounces. The baby was named Arthur Woolridge III after his father. However, he had an 80 percent to 90 percent survival chance due to the two-week delay in birth.
Delay In Birth Was Beneficial, Says Doctors
Commonly, twin births takes place within minutes from each other. However, the Woolridge twins' birth is called delayed interval twin delivery. It is an extremely rare case, which occurs in less than 1 in every 1,000 twin births.
Nevertheless, the doctors considered the two-week delay to be a good sign. The additional time that baby Arthur received in his mother's womb increased his survival chances post birth much more than that of his twin Amara.
"At 24 weeks, delivery is more than four months early, and it's really right at the borderline at where babies will survive," said Dr. David Weisoly, the hospital's medical director
Dr. Weisoly noted that the birth and survival of the premature twins was a miracle.
How Are The Twins Now?
Amara and Arthur Woolridge III are now currently recouping quite well and weigh 5 pounds 6 ounces and 6 pounds 11 ounces, respectively.
Given their remarkable progress, the doctors say that the twins will be discharged soon from the hospital.
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