Waterford twins set for Guinness Book of Records – after they were born 87 days apart
Mum Maria is so proud of her little fighters Amy and Katie
Irish twins Amy and Katie Jones-Elliott are set for the Guinness Book of Records – after they were born 87 days apart to their proud and relieved Waterford parents.
Mum Maria has hailed the pair her ‘little miracles’ as officials from the Guinness records organisation prepare to confirm their new world record – by three days.
The Irish Mirror newspaper reports that Maria went into labour four months early last year when she gave birth to Amy - but Katie did not arrive until three months later.
Doctors told Maria and husband Chris they have achieved the medical equivalent of winning the lottery, with both girls surviving and healthy.
The beaming mum told the paper: “I call the girls our little miracles. As I held Amy for the first time I stroked my bump and prayed to God. I just wanted my girls to be together and safe and well.
“Usually you experience nothing but joy at the birth of a new baby, but it was so achingly bitter-sweet as both of their lives hung in the balance.
“Amy was fighting for life in an incubator and Katie was struggling to survive in my womb. It was the hardest three months of our lives. But Chris kept saying, ‘Where there’s life there’s hope.’”
The happy couple were thrilled when first told they were having twins.
Maria said: “I always felt I was going to have twins – even when I found out I was pregnant Chris said ‘that’ll be twins, then’ as they run in the family.
“During the scan I was looking at the screen and because I’d had two other pregnancies I expected to see a round circle with a tiny blob – but this time there was a line going through it.
“I said, ‘What’s the line?’ and the nurse said, ‘Oh, congratulations. It looks like twins.’”
The report says the pregnancy went smoothly until Maria got to 23 weeks and five days.
She said: “I felt unwell at work with extreme pressure on my abdomen but I thought that must be normal as I was having twins. But I was worried enough to get an appointment with my GP who told me to go straight to hospital.
“To my horror when I got there just hours later my waters broke. I was immediately admitted.”
Told that she was in labour, Maria was also warned that both her babies could die. She said: “The doctors told me there was very little hope of them surviving as they were so premature.
“I thank God Chris was by my side. I was sobbing and in shock but I refused to give up. I kept saying, ‘This is not going to happen – I’m not going to lose them.’
“I willed my babies to fight for life. I prayed to God, day and night, asking him for a miracle.”
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