Woman with rare heart-shaped uterus gives birth to twins in 'one-in-500-mn' birth in US
A woman who had a rare heart-shaped uterus has given birth to "one-in-500 million" pair of twins.
Karen Troy, 25, from Northborough, Massachusetts, US, and her husband were excited when they found out they were going to become parents in Janaury 2021.
However, they were shocked when the doctors told them that Karen was pregnant with twins and had a heart-shaped uterus, called bicornuate uterus, in March 2021.
The situation is extremely rare as only four in 1,000 woman have a heart-shaped uterus and the chance of becoming pregnant with twins with a heart-shaped womb is roughly one in 500 million.
Interestingly, Karen didn't find out about her uterus' shape during her first pregnancy as it's not always obvious in scans.
"I was more worried about the fact I was having two babies than having a heart-shaped uterus. I just wanted to make sure they were OK," Karen was quoted as saying by Mirror.
She said, "I didn't believe I had a heart-shaped uterus at first so I went back for another scan to make sure it was true. I was monitored closely because it was a high-risk pregnancy."
Karen had a smooth pregnancy up until 34 weeks. However, she was rushed for a c-section when she developed a pre-eclampsia, a condition that causes high blood pressure.
Babies Ryan and Raelynn were born on September 5, 2021 and had to spend 27 days at the NICU before they were allowed to go home. Karen was able to go home after four days.
The mum said, "It was really emotional seeing them for the first time because they were tiny. I was so happy but scared to have two tiny babies."
"The first 24 hours were really hard for me. I had to stay in a machine to stop any seizures from the pre-eclampsia. The twins had to stay in the NICU to learn to feed and stabilise their breathing," Karen added.
She added, "Ryan's heart rate kept going up and down."
The twins are 16 months old now. They have some delays in their motor skills but are thriving.