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Twins born 87 days apart

An intense 3 months separated the births of Amy and Katie Elliott.

By Rich_Maloof May 1, 2013 4:28PM

Every birth is something of a miracle, but the arrival of twins Amy and Katie Elliott was extraordinary. The sisters, born to 34-year-old Maria Jones-Elliott of Glenmore, Ireland, were delivered 87 days apart.

Photo: Jones-Elliott Family via Mirror, http://aka.ms/MiracleTwins Amy, the older of the twins, was born at just 23 weeks and five days into her mother’s pregnancy. After a grueling wait in which the lives of both girls were at risk, Katie was delivered in good health nearly three months later. Both twins were born and cared for at Waterford Regional Hospital, where their father, Chris, works as a psychiatric nurse.

Such an interval between the birth of twins is extremely rare. Describing the occurrence as “probably the first of its kind,” Dr. Eddie O’Donnell, the obstetrician in charge of the twins’ delivery team, cited medical references to a previous record of 84 days. A spokesman from Guinness World Records expects the Elliott girls’ interval to be confirmed as a world record.

The family marvels at the twins now, but the news-making stretch between deliveries was profoundly trying. Maria’s doctors feared she’d lose both twins when she went into premature labor late last May. After she spent two days in labor, Amy was born on June 1 at 1 pound, 3 ounces. She was immediately rushed to the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit and placed in an incubator.

It was four days before Maria could even see her daughter — and five weeks before she was allowed to hold her.

After Amy was delivered, doctors reportedly tried to induce the birth of the second twin but were unsuccessful. Rather than allow more attempts at inducing after contractions had stopped, Maria and Chris decided to listen to her body’s signals and wait.

“It should have been a joyful time but it was horrific,” Maria told The Mirror UK. “I had one baby in intensive care and one inside me, clinging to life.”

Maria insisted on staying in the hospital until her second twin was born. Finally, on Aug. 27, doctors decided it was safe to induce labor. Katie was born healthy at just over 36 weeks, weighing 5 pounds, 10 ounces.

Two hours later, the twins were reunited in Amy’s incubator.

“The nurse took Katie and put her in the incubator, facing her sister as they slept and Amy immediately smiled,” Maria said. “There was no doubt that they recognized each other.”

The twins are now happy and healthy at home with their parents and two older siblings, Olivia and Jack.

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Photo: Jones-Elliott Family via Mirror, http://aka.ms/MiracleTwins

24Comments
May 3, 2013 7:09AM
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who cares!!! my son was born at 26 weeks @ 2.2 lbs and u dont c me posting it ON THE NEWS!!!@!

May 2, 2013 5:41PM
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my twins were born at 34 weeks 4 lb15 and 4lb 14   hyper ovulation  I dropped 2 eggs and had fraternal twins   they would not sleep in separate cribs they would only sleep together with their foreheads touching

May 2, 2013 5:23AM
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Twins born 87 days apart

BWAAAhahahaha.... MSN.com is sounding more and more like The Daily News or The National Enquirer.

May 2, 2013 1:31AM
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Well they don't have to share a Birthday, that is sort of cool.  So happy they are healthy. Mom needs a vacation for sure!
May 1, 2013 9:08PM
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And they let people abort at up to 24 weeks. "There was no doubt they recognized each other," said their mom. Obviously, Amy retained an in-utero memory for almost 3 months after she was born at under 24 weeks gestation. Yet more proof that late term abortions are murder of a viable human life. Why do we keep questioning this obvious fact!?
May 1, 2013 8:24PM
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Because of the timing of this, these twins may end up in different grades once they enter school.  Cutoff dates vary from place to place, but they often fall in mid-late August.
May 1, 2013 7:59PM
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God bless you, babies!

 

for the sake of future twins, i hope your record is never broken!

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