Meet Britain Tiniest Twin Boys Who were Born At 23 Weeks, Survived Against All Odds
A Britain mum hails her twins for defying what she describes as the astonishing odds to survive. Says the boys are her “one in a million”.
Talia disclosed that Doctors gave her 15.1oz son Joe a one per cent chance to live.
But he and battler brother Ashley — 14.2oz at birth — are now healthy at seven months.
Born at just 23 weeks, they are the smallest twins to survive in the UK.
Each weighed less than a 500ml bottle of water, and were barely bigger than Talia’s hand.
Only American sisters Rumaisa and Hiba Rahman, born in 2004, were tinier.
Nurse Talia, 32, a mother of six from Trowbridge, Wiltshire, said: “Ashley and Joe are my bouncing little miracles.
“I feel extremely lucky and very grateful. I guess they are one in a million.
“It’s truly extraordinary to think I could have the world’s smallest twin boys.”
Doctors feared for Joe when his separate amniotic sac ruptured prematurely. After birth the twins spent 129 days in intens. give care unit.
Talia added: “The doctors gave Joe just a one percent chance after what he’d gone through.
“And the consultant said it was incredibly rare for both twins to survive with such low birth weights.
“Studies have also shown premature boys are less likely to do as well as girls. It just goes to show what incredible fighters they are.
“With all these terrible predictions we just had to focus on each day in the hospital and each milestone.”