Local Twins Beat The Odds To Survive Rare Condition

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Local twins beat the odds to survive a rare condition called MoMo after being given only a 50% chance to live.

For many parents who find out they will be having twins, it can mean twice the joy. But for Sean and Melissa, a MoMo twin pregnancy meant twice the risk.

Sean and Melissa can't wait to touch one of their twin daughters. Little Haylee just had open heart surgery. Her sister Kaylee sleeps inside an incubator hooked up to a breathing machine and feeding tube.

Six months ago the couple found out they were having twins. "It was really scary, honestly. There's just a lot of risks involved with everything and they said they had to bring in specialists," Sean said.

Melissa was carrying twins. She had a rare condition known as a MoMo or monochorionic monoamniotic pregnancy. This means that the twins share one placenta and one amnion sac. Only 1-2% of all identical twins are MoMo babies. The conditions is dangerous because the babies' cords often become entangled which can cause death.

"First, you know, it was exciting. And then, you know, they were very negative. They said 50-50 chance. I asked, 'Can't you at least be positive,' Grandmother Teresa Rylander recalled. "They said they can't.'"

Early this month, one of the twins' heart rates dropped so the babies had to come out. The twins were born prematurely at 28 weeks on September 7th. The family comes to Wesley Medical Center's NICU every day to see the babies and are glad that the at-risk pregnancy resulted in two healthy daughters.

Kaylee and Haylee are doing better and getting stronger so their parents are hoping to take the babies home soon.

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