*When we think of twins we usually assume they were born together, right? I mean, one at least following the other. And that is usually a safe assumption to make.
Until its not.
Imagine your twin being born not days…not weeks…but months after you. Would that still make it your twin?
Well, once you hear the backstory it may not seem so strange.
As of this writing, one couple in Washington state is preparing for the birth of their second twin after the first twin was born on Sept. 29.
The twins Holli Gorveatt was carrying developed a condition called “twin to twin” syndrome, which meant one of the babies was drawing blood from the other one in utero.
The condition can leave both twins negatively affected. One would be bloated and the other one, sickly. Dr. Martin Walker, the director of fetal medicine at Evergreen Health Medical Center, says the condition is fatal in 90 percent of cases if left untreated.
Gorveatt had to deliver the first twin, named Link, at 23 weeks, right at the edge of viability, because the twins put too much pressure on her cervix. . The baby can’t be picked up because he is so tiny, so he remains in an incubator to eat with specialized help.
Walker, who was able to prevent the birth of the 2nd twin by manually closing Gorveatt’s cervix, told ABC News that the pressure had been relieved after Link’s birth and the other twin, named Logan, can safely remain in utero. The longer he remains there, the better his chances of growing healthy and growing full term.
Gorveatt, who will probably be in the hospital until Logan is born, says she can feel her baby doing well.
“Logan’s good, so he’s growing a lot and he’s just kicking,” she told KOMO-TV. “He’s got fluid, he can move around. He was stuck before.”