Mono-mono twin girls pull through!

by Anita & Leslie
(Las Vegas)

My twin baby girls were born at 31 weeks 6 days. My husband, Leslie and I were prepared to have premature babies since 12 weeks along. Our twins were confirmed monoamniotic-monochorionic at that time and our doctor informed us that they could not stay inside past 34 weeks.

We also were given a diagnosis at 17 weeks along. One of our identical twins had her heart on the right side of her body and she only developed one lung. We had no clue what to expect or how to feel or deal with what was just told to us. We met with a pediatric surgeon and a neonatologist to aid us in discussing the "what if's" of our situation. Being born premature, the one important thing that affects babies is lung maturity, so obviously only having one was a huge concern.

I went in-patient at 24 weeks and at 31 weeks 6 days, baby A, Lela, started to accumulate fluid around her heart and I was sent to the OR. Sonia was born 1st weighing 3 lbs 8 oz and Lela 2nd at 3 lbs 2oz. Both came out screaming!

Having many ups and downs while in the ICU, Sonia came home after 4 1/2 weeks in the ICU and our little miracle stayed for 6 1/2 weeks. She was determined from the start to make her presence known and boy did she ever. She would rip her ventilator tubes out almost daily and she caused much trauma to her esophagus because of this.

Leslie and I are thankful to the doctors. If it was not for the amazing advancements that are made everyday to fight for such small and helpless babies, our girls would not be here today.

Lela went through major surgery this year and was placed on the lung bypass machine during it. She pulled through tremendously. She is like a new little girl since her surgery. I thank the medical staff at Children's Hospital for saving her life and performing a surgery on her very rare anatomy.

On their first birthday, I could not believe how much we have gone through in such a short time. Thank you doctors for giving and helping premature babies and their families get through these difficult times.

Yours Sincerely, Anita and Leslie, Parents of Olina age 5, Sonia and Lela, 18 months, Las Vegas.

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Nov 25, 2009
developmental question
by: Danielle S

Hi..I have 20 month old mono-mono twin girls. They do not walk yet and were JUST diagnosed with spastic diplegia , a form of cerebral palsey due to low oxygen flow through the umbilical cords. They were also 5 minutes apart which was traumatic for baby B. Do your twins have any developmental delays so far? The cord issues throughout pregnancy seem to lead me to believe that mono-mono twins will have issues...what do you think? Please e mail

Nov 25, 2009
by: destiny

that is a true blessing that they survived if god wanted them they would have went but he did not want them yet

Sep 25, 2009
twin girls
by: sarah

hiya my name is sarah i am 27 i have 2 litle gils there names are ellie and millie twin girls

Feb 14, 2009
Yall are so blessed
by: nicole

That is such a blessing everything worked out. I am 21 weeks with twin boys, mine are in the same sac and there is a thin membrane between them but it is scary becasue they did not see that at first.

Dec 11, 2008
there beautiful
by: meghan

i will be 12 weeks on the 16 of december and i have mono mono with my babys. im scared out of my mind and all i have been doing is bed resting at home. i go in at 24 weeks to be bed rested i pray that my little ones come out happy and healthy just like yours did.

Oct 22, 2008
by: Sabrina, Canada

your story made me cry, how sad but beautiful. you are so blessed, and those little girls are simply adorable!! i love the photo. i wish you all continued happiness and blessings.

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