Late-term abortions are legal in the United States and some other countries across the world. To abortion activists, the unborn child whose life is snuffed out in an abortion is not worth of the kind of right to life babies after birth receive.
So when extremely premature infants like Kenneth James and Derek Lee are born, its a testimony to the fact that, just the day before, in the womb, they were equally human beings who deserve respect and protection under the law from abortion.
Kenneth and Derek are rare mono twins — which present additional concerns for doctors and parents. About one to two percent of all pregnancies are twins but even rarer than that is monoamniotic twins. They have one placenta and one amniotic sac and both of those twins share the placenta as well as the sac. Less than one percent of all twins are monoamniotic.
The entanglement of the cords is what doctors worry about the most, so they bring the patients into the hospital at 24 to 26 weeks, so we can monitor the babies several times a day, because we know the risk of one or both of those babies dying is fairly significant.
“I can’t wait to hear them cry,” said Kendra K. Case, 22. “I can’t wait to hold them.”
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Case said before she and her husband decided to try to have a baby, she knew they would be having twins.
“Twins run in the family. I was really excited when I found out they were boys,” Mrs. Case said. She said her husband really wanted a son first, and she wanted their future daughters to have a big brother.
At their nine-week checkup and ultrasound, they saw two tiny babies on the screen and learned then the twins were monoamniotic.
Mrs. Case said the doctors hadn’t given them much hope that one or both would survive.
“We weren’t planning to have a baby shower till after they were born,” Mrs. Case said. “We just didn’t know if we were going to lose them.”
Mrs. Case said her due date was July 4, but because of the difficulties with monoamniotic twins, her doctor told her she would be scheduled to be admitted to the hospital April 4 for a month of bedrest and then have a scheduled caesarean section on May 27. If all had gone to plan, they could have expected to bring their sons home about June 18.
Their plans changed March 16 when Mrs. Case was 24 weeks and two days pregnant. She said she started having lower back and stomach pains. After she went to her doctor’s office in Watertown, an ultrasound determined Mrs. Case had more than two gallons of amniotic fluid, where typically a woman with twins might have three-quarters of a gallon. She said they rushed her to Crouse Hospital in Syracuse. The next day — St. Patrick’s Day — the babies were delivered by emergency caesarean section and then immediately were sent to the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.
Kenneth, or “Baby A”, weighed 445 grams at birth, just under a pound, and his little brother Derek, or “Baby B,” weighed 400 grams.