Mom Gives Birth to Identical Twins 3 Days Apart in Texas: ‘Very Rare’ News
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In an unusual event, a Texas woman gave birth to one of her twin daughters while still pregnant with the other.
Carmen Martinez, now a mother of three, welcomed Gabriella (Gabby) Grace Hernandez on March 7 and Isabella Rose Hernandez on March 10 at Hendrick Health Center in Abilene, Texas, a town in Taylor County.
“Gabby was the first born at 24 weeks and 4 days, and Bella was born at 25 weeks, precisely,” Martinez told Fox News Digital in a phone interview.
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Martinez remembers showing signs of early labor a week before the women were born, but she was only able to delay the onset for a few days, so they had a chance to develop more.
Typical human pregnancies last about 40 weeks.
“[My doctors] checked all the parts, they were still there high quality,” Martinez said.
“There was no type of misery or anything like that. But they had their own separate placenta and their own separate sac, and it was only for child A that it ruptured and never for child B.”
“I’ve only seen this once in my career.”
Gabby was born weighing less than two kilos and had to be admitted to the hospital’s NICU.
Martinez said she had to delay the departure of her second child to increase her chances of survival.
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Martinez, her boyfriend Johnny Hernandez and her 15-year-old son Ethan were shocked by the turn of events.
“We didn’t name anyone immediately because we didn’t know what was going to happen,” Martinez told Fox News Digital.
“Once we finally called our fast family and sent a picture of Gabby, everyone was scared because all they saw was a picture of a child – they often didn’t know what to ask,” she continued.
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Family members Martinez and Hernandez were baffled to learn that Bella’s availability was still ongoing.
In the days leading up to Bella’s debut, Martinez said she could really feel the toddler moving spherically as she rested on her hospital mattress.
“Bella had her personal social gathering,” she recalled. “It’s kind of like she has the whole belly to herself and she’s having a good time.”
Bella was born on Hernandez’s thirty-seventh birthday at one pound and eight ounces.
Dr. James L. Tadvick, OB-GYN at Hendrick Health, helped ship all the babies.
“I’ve only seen this once in my career. It’s very unusual,” Tadvick told Fox News Digital, in an email.
Both babies are receiving special care in Abilene while Martinez has returned home and resumed work in Winters, a town in Runnels County, Texas, about a 45-minute drive away.
“We’re just ready for them to come home.”
Martinez said the separation had been emotionally difficult for her, as had the home preparation needed to welcome two newborns into the family three months earlier – but she is grateful that her twins are doing better.
“Gabby and Bella have a 30% chance of surviving being so small and so early,” she explained.
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“They are almost three months [old] now. They are fine. Gabby weighs 4 kilos, 11 ounces now, and Bella [is] 4 kilos, eight ounces. So that’s a giant leap from being a pound and a half at the start.
The twins will stay in the NICU “a little longer,” so they “get stronger and develop their lungs,” Martinez explained.
She added, “We’re just ready for them to come home.”
Martinez said she chose to attend just a few months to share her story because she wanted to consider the well-being of the new baby models.
Martinez said she hopes her story helps others while raising awareness regarding the alternative of delayed births in various pregnancies.
The moms of twins reached out to Martinez to ask about her experience.
She said she hopes her presence will help others while raising awareness regarding the alternative of delayed births with various pregnancies.
Earlier this year another mum went viral for giving birth to twins who were born a quarter of an hour apart on New Years Eve and ended up having birthdays in entirely different years.
The hospital calculated that leaving was a one in two million chance.
At the time of publication, data and calculations on the prospect of giving birth to equivalent twins within three days were not accessible.
“Our doctors said there was a 30% chance they were equivalent,” Martinez told Fox News Digital.
“They ended up being equivalent.”
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And with two March birthdays to consider for the twins, Martinez already has an elaborate long-term plan.
“We’re going to have a great time on their birthdays together when they’re younger and don’t realize it. However, once they get older and realize this, they will need their own birthday events on the day,” the proud mum said.