30-year-old Vicky Plowright from the small town of Surrey (UK) was sʜᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ by the ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsɪs that doctors gave her at the 10th week of pregnancy. It turned out that her future babies were located in one ᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ sᴀᴄ.
In medicine, this is called monoamniotic twins. The ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsɪs is ᴛᴇʀʀɪʙʟᴇ because the children could be wrapped around and sᴛʀᴀɴɢʟᴇᴅ by their own ᴜᴍʙɪʟɪᴄᴀʟ ᴄᴏʀᴅ. But fortunately, the twins managed to save each other in the ᴡᴏᴍʙ thanks to a strong hug.
“When I heard such a ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsɪs from the doctors, I realized that my babies were in danger. After all, the chance of survival was 50 to 50. If the ᴜᴍʙɪʟɪᴄᴀʟ ᴄᴏʀᴅ ᴛᴡɪsᴛᴇᴅ around the neck, then they could not free themselves because of the limited space. It sʜᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ me,” recalls Vicki Plowright.
Vicki didn’t know what to say when she called her husband Chris. Whether to tell him to his delight that they will have twins or not to reassure him because they may not survive, the young mother listened to her ᴛᴜᴍᴍʏ every day until the moment of the second ᴜʟᴛʀᴀsᴏᴜɴᴅ, fearful that she would ʟᴏsᴇ her children at any moment.
At 12 weeks, the girl had a second ᴜʟᴛʀᴀsᴏᴜɴᴅ. This time, her husband went with her to support his beloved wife. Luckily, the twins were fine. They changed position and were now hugging each other tightly. This situation could have saved their lives.
“I saw my babies lying facing each other and holding hands. It was a saving hug. Now they were not in ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀ,” says the happy mother.
Now Vicki had to go to the doctor every two weeks, so that he would conduct a second ᴜʟᴛʀᴀsᴏᴜɴᴅ and see if the babies had changed position.
“Every time the specialist turned to the monitor and ran the device over my ᴛᴜᴍᴍʏ, we froze and waited for what he would say,” the young couple recalls.
So Vicki went until the 32nd week. Thanks to the “brotherly embrace” the pregnancy proceeded safely. But then, due to the limited space, one of the brothers (Theo) began to get ᴡᴏʀsᴇ, and the doctors decided to perform an unscheduled ᴄᴀᴇsᴀʀᴇᴀɴ sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ.
On December 22, at the Royal Surrey Hospital (Guildford), Vicki became the mother of twins. The boys were born healthy. Ruben was the first to see the light, his weight was 1.42 kg. Following him, Theo appeared, with a weight of 1.39 kg.
“When I heard the cry of the kids, I realized – they are alive! I saw tears running down Chris’ cheeks. It was an unforgettable moment! After all, our boys survived!” Vicki recalls.
Many experts believe that twins have their own special connection. And these guys developed in the same ᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ sᴀᴄ, hugging each other in order to survive. The boys are now 2 years old. And if not for their touching embrace inside the ᴡᴏᴍʙ, they would hardly have been born.
This case demonstrates how strong a person’s instincts can be, even if they are small. They were saved by hugs and it’s wonderful!