This past Thursday, Shelby Magnani from Ankeny, Iowa, went to the hospital for a stomach ache that had been bothering her. The doctor informed her that it was no common ache — she was six-months-pregnant and gave birth to rare twins just hours later. Shelby and her fianc├⌐ James Croskey had no idea of it.
Twins Ava and Anna were born by C-section and weighed just four and three pounds each. And they are no ordinary twins, but rare monoamniotic twins who only have one-in-two survival chance, because they share the same placenta and sac and that can lead to complications, reports Whotv.
Shelby had this to say of the experience:
I had really sharp pain in my left side and went into the doctor, and they said we think you might be pregnant. They told me I was six months and told me to get down to the ER. They did an ultrasound and told me it was twins.
Dr. Jennifer Krupp with Perinatal Center of Iowa said that less than one per cent of all twins are monoamniotic. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Ava and Anna were born by C-section on Thursday after their mother Shelby Magnani went to the doctor for a stomach-ache and later discovered she was six-months-pregnant with rare monoamniotic twins.
2. The premature twins will have to spend a few weeks in medical care but will be home and healthy with mom and dad in a couple of weeks.
Dr. Krupp explained how the cords of monoamniotic twins like Ava and Anna can become entangled which can lead to serious health problems and death:
About one to two percent of all pregnancies are twins but even rarer than that is monoamniotic twins. They have one placenta and one amniotic sac and both of those twins share the placenta as well as the sac.
The entanglement of the cords is what we worry about. We bring the patients into the hospital at 24 to 26 weeks, so we can monitor the babies several times a day, because we know the risk of one or both of those babies dying is fairly significant.
Magnani said she realizes just how lucky she is that her babies are both alive and doing well:
I’m still trying to process. It’s crazy how high risk mono-mono twins can be, and how good they’re doing now, it’s really a blessing. They`re both just little miracles, it could have been so many things that went wrong that didn’t.
The doctors expect that babies Ava and Anna will be able to go home with their parents in just a couple of weeks.
3. The monoamniotic twins weigh just four and three pounds each and even though their type of twin has just a 50 percent survival rate, they are doing great and are expected to go home soon.
4. The happy parents.
5. Shelby and James are overjoyed and celebrating the birth of their twin girls Ava and Ana.
6. The twins are being monitored but are doing well and should be going home with their happy mother and father in just a couple of weeks.
7. Both Ava and Anna survived birth despite being monoamniotic twins meaning they shared both a sac and placenta when they were in their mother’s womb.
8. Shelby Magnani is thrilled to be a mother even though the birth of her twins was truly unexpected.
9. That’s no tummy-ache: Shelby Magnani went to the doctor and soon enough will leave the hospital with her monoamniotic twin girls Ava and Anna.
10. Shelby Magnani had never been so happy to have a stomach ache as she was on Thursday when she miraculously gave birth to rare twins without ever knowing she was pregnant.
And here is the video:
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