The Twins Who Are Born 11 Weeks Apart In Kazakhstan
Are you a twin? Okay. But is your twin brother or sister 11 weeks older or younger than you? No? Not possible? Okay! But what if you are told it can happen and it did happen in Kazakhstan?
According to the MSN News, Liliya Konovalova, 29, gave birth to a premature girl on 24 May – but her son was not burn until 9 August.
The odds of this happening are one in 50 million according to the Kazakh health ministry – which says it is the first case in the country.
Specialists say such births are exceptionally rare but, when they occur, a gap between babies as long as 11 weeks is also highly unusual.
Tiny daughter Liya – born when her mum was just 25 weeks pregnant – weighed just 1lb 13 oz, and was in intensive care for a month. Her son Maxim arrived more than two and a half months later to meet his twin weighing in at 6lbs 6 oz.
“My son was in no rush to come out into the world,” said Liliya.
The mother has a double uterus – a rare abnormality that occurred when she was in her own mother’s womb, say medics. The condition is known as uterus didelphys – and it means each of Liliya’s twins developed in their own womb.
The proud mother is now preparing to take her babies home, with both now weighing slightly under 10lbs. “I was shocked when I found out that I had such a condition,” she said.
“I was so worried about the life of my premature baby. But our doctors were great. What they did was a miracle. They showed themselves to be real professionals.”
The woman, from Uralsk, had given birth to a daughter seven years ago with no problems. But her second pregnancy was “difficult” and she did not realise the complexity until the first baby was born.
Eset Yeralin, deputy director of the regional perinatal centre, said: “We learned about this condition almost immediately, during the first birth. So our specialists took direct care of the second birth. All this time the mother was in our centre, caring for girl and waiting for the second birth.”