A one in ten chance of survival would discourage most. But it did not stop one British mother from reveling in the miracle of the birth of her twin daughters, Rylea and Robyn, the Daily Mail reports.
“I can’t believe when I look at them now how well they have done. Every time they smile I can’t believe how lucky we are to have them,” Claire Cunliffe, the girls’ mother, said.
Cunliffe found out she was having twins at a regularly scheduled checkup 12 weeks into her pregnancy. Not long after that, Cunliffe had a water infection. When she reached 23 weeks of pregnancy, Cunliffe went into labor prematurely, but doctors were medically unable to stop the labor process, according to the report.
“It was staggering just how small they were – but they were perfectly formed. Rylea’s hand was only the size of the tip of my little finger,” their mom said.
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Rylea weighed 15 ounces and Robyn weighed 1 pound 3 ounces at birth, the Mirror reported. Robyn battled sepsis and a collapsed lung at three months of age, but otherwise, the girls developed fairly normally, the Daily Mail reported.
“These are certainly the tiniest surviving twins we are aware of. It is unusual for babies to be born this early and go on to thrive,” Keith Reed, Chief Executive of the Twins and Multiple Births Association said, according to the Mirror.
Recently, the now 1-year-old girls enjoyed their first Christmas at home with their parents, and they are thriving.
Cunliffe said: “They sit up and they laugh and giggle. We are looking forward to watching them grow up into normal healthy children. They really are two little miracles.”