Thursday, August 10, 2006

Twins Born 2 Months Apart


Tonight on the news there was a story about a set of twins that were born 2 months apart. The first baby was delivered because of an infection in the womb. The second baby was kept inside by a process called delayed interval delivery. Adam, the first baby to be delivered arrived at 25 weeks gestation weighing 1lb 9 ozs. When Jayson, the second baby, was delivered 9 weeks later he weighed 4 1/2 lbs. At that point only ounces separated the two brothers. Jayson remained in the hospital for a couple weeks and now Adam has joined him at home.

When I first saw the story I though it was amazing and unique. While searching the net to get more info I realized that it was more common that I thought. Last year a Romanian mother, who has a rare congenital condition that gave her two uteruses, gave birth to twins separated by 2 months as well.

These are the record holders for the longest interval between twins. Mrs. Peggy Lynn gave birth to Hanna on November 11 1995 and twin Eric on Feb 2 1996, 84 days later. The previous record was held by Mrs. Danny Berg Italy, who had Diana on December 23 1987 and her twin Monica on January 30 1988, 38 days later. There is apparently a "Keys" family of Louisiana had their twins 95 days apart, in 1994 and 1995.

The good part is that you don't have to share a birthday with someone else. These babies will all get to have their own special day to celebrate their exciting entrance into the world.


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