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
Two days of labor followed at Waterford Regional Hospital in Ireland Amy was born at exactly 24 weeks – almost four months before her due date of September 21 last year.
And at just 1lb 3oz, she was dangerously small. Maria said: “Amy was rushed to intensive care. I was exhausted but it wasn’t over – there was another child and so I had to focus.”
Then Maria’s contractions finished. She said: “They stopped dead – it was like I’d never even given birth.
“The doctors said they had never seen anything like it. It should have been a joyful time but it was horrific. I had one baby in intensive care and one inside me, clinging to life.
“They tried to induce me the next day but nothing happened. Eventually Chris and I said enough is enough. Let nature take its course.
“I made up my mind I wouldn’t leave hospital unless it was with both my girls.
“Even if it meant that I would have to lie in bed for the full three months I had left of my pregnancy – I would do whatever it took.”
Even as she worried over Katie, Maria had to wait four days to see tiny Amy.
Maria said: “I burst into tears when I saw her in the incubator – she was just so, so tiny and vulnerable. She was covered in tubes. All I could see was her mass of black hair.
“I touched my bump and made the vow I would get Katie out safe and well and the girls would be together. I visited Amy in intensive care every day, while praying that Katie would survive.
“I couldn’t enjoy being a new mother at all and continuing on with a pregnancy not knowing which way it was going to go was so, so hard. But I steeled myself. I was given a task to do and I was going to do it.”
After five long weeks, Maria was allowed to hold Amy.
Maria told the Mirror: “She was so tiny I could barely feel her on my chest. She loved it. Her heartbeat stabilised as I held her. I couldn’t even speak. I kissed her head and held her.
“Her little feet rested on the top of my bump. I remember stroking my bump at the same time, hoping for a miracle.
“Katie immediately reacted. She kicked and started moving, as if she knew. The second time I held Amy the following day she turned and put her head towards her sister inside the womb.”
Maria then waited for baby number two to arrive. She said: “I knew I could go into labour at any moment.
“The doctors said we just had to wait but every day was a bonus. I viewed it as a mission to take the pregnancy on as far as I possibly could. There was no room for negative thoughts. And as the weeks passed the tiny life growing inside me got stronger.”
Maria was finally induced on August 27 at 36 weeks and three days, after doctors decided it was safe. She gave birth to Katie, who weighed 5lbs 10oz, after just over an hour.
She said: “ When they put Katie in my arms she smiled at me and the nurse said ‘she’s fine’. We both cried.
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