North Texas Family Welcomes Rare Set of Twins – NBC 5 Dallas -Fort Worth
A North Texas family is celebrating the birth of a rare set of twins.
Rima Aldebbeh and her husband Rami Ramadan of Euless said they were thrilled when they learned that they would be accepting another child into their family of five.
However, they did not expect twins, considering that they had no family history of twins.
At the same time that Rima received the news that she was expecting identical babies, she learned of the rarity of her pregnancy.
“I was shocked,” Rima said.
Babies are monoamniotic-monochorionic twins, which means they are formed in a single amniotic sac and share a placenta.
This situation is very rare and can pose a risk to infants due to cord irritation and other issues.
“It occurs in less than 1% of all identical twin pregnancies and less than 0.1% of all pregnancies in general,” said OBGYN and Baylor Grapevine Department of Medical Ethics Chairman Dr. Julie Flowers.
“It’s a dangerous pregnancy. High risk of having issues with the cords. As you can imagine, they are in the sack together and it can have a higher chance of being tangled and the blood supply can cut off. “
“A lot of questions came to my mind like, ‘what’s going to happen?’ and, ‘will they survive?’ “said Rima.
Dr. said. Flowers that she knew babies would need constant monitoring as they grew, so Rima was admitted to Baylor Grapevine early in her pregnancy.
He called the hospital “home” for three months. Her friends even hosted her baby shower there.
“I pray every day, see them monitored three times a day, hear their heartbeat three times a day,” Rima said.
Seven weeks before their due date, the doctors decide to bring the girls into the world.
Raya and Naya weigh three pounds each and are miraculously, both healthy, despite the dangerous turbulence of their navels.
“It’s a blessing. They’re cute. I can’t wait for them to come home. My kids are dying to see them for real. Every day they ask, ‘when are the babies coming?’ They can’t wait to get to know them, ”Rima said.
After a nearly three-week stay in the neo-natal intensive care unit, the twins were discharged and returned home, making the family complete.