Medical miracle: Brain-dead woman kept alive for 123 days to give birth to her children

Frankielen da Silva Zampoli Padilha died during pregnancy from a stroke. Doctors saved her nine-week-old embryos after their hearts continued to beat. Hospital staff sung and talked to her bump to replicate a mother's love. Doctors said the babies had no hope of surviving after their mother's death. They were born as healthy premature babies

Medical miracle: Brain-dead woman kept alive for 123 days to give birth to her childrenA brain dead pregnant woman was kept alive for 123 days – the longest time ever – before delivering twins by emergency caesarean section. Frankielen da Silva Zampoli Padilha, 21, from Campo Largo in south Brazil, died during pregnancy in October last year after suffering a stroke. Doctors decided to save the nine-week-old embryos after […]

Scottish twins born at 23 weeks are ‘little miracles’

Imogen and Annabelle Weir were born weighing about a pound each. Born three days under the 24-week legal limit for abortion in the UK, they are the youngest and smallest surviving twins in Scotland

Scottish twins born at 23 weeks are ‘little miracles’Identical twins, thought to be among the most premature ever recorded in Britain, have been described by their parents as “little miracles”. Imogen and Annabelle Weir were born at just 23 weeks and four days, weighing about a pound each. They spent four months in hospital enduring blood transfusions and emergency surgery. The girls have […]

Twins born 11 minutes apart are separated by a year

Sawyer Shay was born at 11.50pm on December 31, 2016, while his brother Everett arrived at 12.01am on January 1, 2017

Twins born 11 minutes apart are separated by a yearWhen twin brothers Everett and Sawyer Shay tell the story of the night they were born, it will include an added twist: The fact they arrived in different years. Everett was Banner Health’s first Arizona baby born in 2017. He arrived at 12:01 a.m. Sunday at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale. His brother Sawyer […]

Explained: What is multiple gestation pregnancy

Pregnancy can raise a lot of questions. Women should speak with their healthcare provider if they think they may be experiencing a multiple gestation pregnancy.

Explained: What is multiple gestation pregnancyA multiple gestation pregnancy is one where the mother carries more than one foetus. According to March of Dimes, 3 per cent of women will experience a multiple pregnancy each year. Most multiple gestation pregnancies are with twins. This article looks at what happens with a multiple gestation pregnancy, the different symptoms that may occur, potential […]

‘I’m ready to fight and I know you are too,’ writes mother of separated US twins in a touching letter

Nicole, mother of the conjoined twins, writes a touching note of gratitude as the boys are now on the road to recovery

‘I’m ready to fight and I know you are too,’ writes mother of separated US twins in a touching letter  Jadon and Anias – the conjoined twin boys separated last week in a story that swept the world – have opened their eyes. The 13-month-old boys are still recovering in their hospital beds in the Bronx’s Montefiore Hospital five days after their 27-hour separation surgery. And on Tuesday morning, both of them opened their […]

‘My conjoined twins have their own language of communicating’

Rare conjoined twins born in July have survived the crucial first three months, say doctors

‘My conjoined twins have their own language of communicating’“They have started smiling and playing. That is enough to bring smile on our face,” says Shahin Khan about her conjoined twins who were born with one torso and two heads (in medical terms the condition is called – dicephalic paraphagus). Shahin delivered the twins on July 27 at Sion hospital. Wrapped carefully in a piece of […]

‘I can’t wait to put them beside each other and then see each other,’ says mother of separated US twins

‘I can’t wait to put them beside each other and then see each other,’ says mother of separated US twinsFrom his bed next to the window, Jadon squeezes his father’s finger with all his might, even under heavy sedation. Anias rests in a bed near the door of the room, a testament to strength and resilience. Just the sight of the boys in separate beds came as a surprise to their parents. “It’s shockingly […]