HOUSTON (KTRK/CNN/POOL) – Fraternal twins in Texas are beating the odds and convention: they were born more than four months early and two weeks apart.
Arthur Woolridge III was born at just 26 weeks and weighed 2 pounds, 2 ounces. Now, after more than doubling his weight, he’s close to going home from the hospital.
The baby’s parents consider him a miracle, made even more special by the fact he’s a twin.
Arthur’s sister Amara is also in intensive care after she was born weighing 1 pound, 3 ounces.
“When I saw her feet kicking, that was just the best moment, but at the same time I was afraid of what was going to happen next because she was so tiny,” mother Latroya Woolridge said.
The babies were born so early that it wasn’t clear whether or not they would survive.
“At 24 weeks, delivery is more than four months early, and it’s really right at the borderline at where babies will survive,” said Dr. David Weisoly, medical director for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.
Together, Arthur and Amara beat not only the odds for babies born so prematurely but also the usual rule for twin births.
The siblings were born two weeks apart.
“I can see her saying, ‘Oh, I’m going to get my license 14 days before you,’” Woolridge said.
That means Arthur and Amara have different astrological signs and were born under different presidential administrations.
“Initially, the theory was that she was the feisty one, and she said, ‘I’m out of here. Goodbye.’ But now, I think it’s more so that he said, ‘Get out,’” Woolridge said.
The delivery was not an easy one.
Woolridge drove herself to the hospital in a storm when she felt pains she knew weren’t normal. Her husband was at work.
“For a dad and also a husband, it was terrible – to be on the phone with her while your wife is in labor,” Arthur Woolridge said.
The mother says she wasn’t even sure she would make it to the hospital, but thankfully, she did.
During labor, doctors made the decision to deliver one baby and hoped the other would stay for a while longer. He did.
The risk for both Arthur and Amara was that their lungs and circulatory systems might not develop properly, but the twins are doing well.
“These babies have done extremely well in a very difficult circumstance,” Weisoly said.
Arthur and Amara may be able to go home before their original due date, May 5.
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