A pair of twin boys saved each other’s lives by holding hands in their mother’s womb, according to Inside Edition.
Hayley Lampshire, 27, and her husband Charlie were dismayed to learn that their identical twin boys, Rowan and Blake, were monoamniotic-monochorionic twins, making her pregnancy high-risk.
According to the United Kingdom’s Metro newspaper, the rare condition means that the boys shared one amniotic sac rather than each having their own. The couple was told that if the boys moved too much in the womb, their umbilical cords could become tangled, resulting in starvation or even strangulation.
“It was all pretty worrying at the beginning,” Lampshire told InsideEdition.com. “If that did happen then it would be likely that we wouldn't know, we couldn't do anything to prevent it, which was the scariest part.”
But, the boys stayed close together during Lampshire’s pregnancy. She said that at her check-ups every one to two weeks, she saw the boys cuddling and holding hands.
“They were always really close and tucked up together,” Lampshire said. “Each time they seemed to be doing well.”
She said that since the risks to the boys grew as they grew bigger, they were delivered early by cesarean section.
"The boys were born 36 seconds apart and were taken straight to special care,” Lampshire said. "They had fluid on their lungs and were struggling to breathe on their own."
After a three-week hospital stay, Rowan and Blake finally came home. Lampshire says the boys are doing well — and they still like to cuddle.
“They settle a lot better when they are together," Lampshire said. "They chat together [and] sleep in the same crib. They have a really good bond. They are healthy and happy."
(H/T Catholic News Agency)