Mono/Mono Miracles

by Eva Knight
(Brooklyn, New York)

I discovered I was pregnant the end of June when I was taken to the ER at St Johns Hospital in Queens, NY for extreme pain and excessive bleeding. It was there that I was told I was having an etopic pregnancy and rushed to the OR.

After surgery I was told to me by doctors that it was a heteroetopic pregnancy (one fetus in the womb, the other lodged in the tube). This situation is rare, especially since I was on Nuvaring for 8 more months when I became pregnant. I was told that because of the excessive blood loss and invasion of the surgery, they didn't expect the remaining fetus to survive. I was on edge emotionally looking to see if I would miscarry within the two week window after surgery.

I returned to the hospital for a checkup and begged the resident to please do an ultrasound to see if the fetus was ok. It was upon this ultrasound that the tech discovered there was no separation and announced my to husband and I that we were having twins.

There was no mention of MONO/Mono twins until I went to Brooklyn Hospital in NYC. At my second appt after an additional ultrasound, doctors explained that I was having a very rare pregnancy identified as Monoamniotic-Monochorionic twins. I was hospitalized in September and told that I would be there until the delivery at 32 weeks(end of Nov). It was a painful and scary experience. I cried many days and nights. Laying on your back, hooked up to wires, lots of back pain, IVs, over 137 needles by the time I was discharged, etc.

Doctors would visit my room and explain as delicately as they could the odds of my babies which was about 80/20 that they could demise in utero. It was hard listening to the babies heartbeats and watching the nurses and doctors scramble nervously to ensure they were monitered every minute day and night. As a mom, it is scary. The condition is so rare that meaningful people will trivialize the experience that is soo emotionally jarring. It can also be a lonely journey and you pray that things will be alright in the end.

My twins survived. We could not get to 32 weeks but we made it to 30 weeks. My daughters, Ava & Lydia were born on November 20th 2009 via C-section at 2 lbs 14 oz and 2 lbs 8 oz respectfully. To say the least, the cords were amazingly entangled a bit larger than a base ball. The longer they stayed the tighter the cords would become and would create a dangerous situation in utero. The girls stayed in the NICU for a month and thrived well.

My daughters came home on Christmas Eve. Ava is now 6 lbs and Lydia is 5 lbs. God is an awesome God! We made it!

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Jan 31, 2010
MoMo Mom
by: Kate

Hi Eva,

Congratualtions on your two healthy babies! I am currently sitting in a bed at Yale New Haven Hospital with my MonoMono twin pregnancy. I have been here since Jan. 11, 2010 and I am hoping to make it to 32 weeks before the babies are born. I am scheduled for a c-section on Feb. 26th. We are praying that the girls behave and I make it that far. If I dont make it that far at least I have your story to give me strength. I am 28 weeks 4 days now. After hearing your story I just know that if the babies have to come out in a weeks or so they will be fine. This is an experience that only us "MoMo" moms can truly understand. I know that you did, so I can too! Best wishes to you and your new babies!


Jan 22, 2010

Eva you are my best friend and my hero. I watched you go through this situation and marveled at the way you held on the God's never changing hands. You stood fast and allowed God to take care of you and your girls. GOD IS YOUR STRENGTH!!!!!

Jan 22, 2010
by: stacy

Eva I watched you through this entire situation and you are my hero. You stood fast and allowed God to take care of you and those beautiful girls. They are going to make a huge impact on society. God continue to give you added strength.
Love Stacy

Jan 19, 2010
God is goooooooooooooood!!!!!!!!!
by: Ruth

Hi Eva,

I'm so proud of you and Kur. Thanks for sharing your story here to encourage so many other moms. I pray that this is the first of many miracles that God will perform in your lives.

I am privileged to be a part of the same family as you, you Overcomer!

Your cousin Ruth

Jan 19, 2010
by: Anonymous

Thanks for your story. I was told at the beginning of my pregnancy, that I too, were having Mono/Mono. I was so scared. Thank God, they were wrong. Although, I will never understand what you went through, I do believe in Miracles and I hope your story gives all the Mono/Mono mothers HOPE. Congrats:)

Jan 18, 2010
by: Lucinda

Just wanted to say thank you for your amazing story and praise God that your girls made it.. I am pregnant with momo twins now and the worry never ends, as you said its very hard but my faith in God has really helped me so far.. I'm hoping and praying for the best. thanks for your story The more positive stories I hear helps me to stay positive..

Jan 18, 2010
by: Eva

@ Tara...I feel for you and the decision to terminate the pregnancy. We too were faced with all the grim possiblities, statistically and genetically and were told to we had the choice to terminate and to go home and think about it. It was unbelieveably scary, painful, confusing, etc. You feel soo responsible because you are carrying the emotional and physcial weight of it all. I felt like I was walking a tightrope, it was frightening. I took a chance on God. I send you love. I hope you heart is healing and you are well.

Jan 18, 2010
Thank you for your story
by: Tara

Hi Eva,

Thank you for our story. It was indeed inspiring.

I terminated my own mono/mono pregnancy because of a dire prognosis. Because of how traumatic these pregnancies are, I'm sure your story will help others who encounter this same situation.

Thank you for sharing,

Jan 18, 2010
by: Anonymous

what an amazing story.thankyou xxx

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