By Sarah Francis
A set of twins have been born TWO weeks apart in a rare delayed interval twin case.
LaTroya, 35, and Arthur Woolridge of Spring, Texas, USA, welcomed newborn daughter and son exactly 14 days apart, earlier this year.
On January 17, at just 24 weeks, LaTroya gave birth to Amara who weighed just 1lbs, 3oz at the Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.
Then two weeks later, on January 31, Arthur III was delivered via C- Section weighing 2lbs, 2 ounces.
LaTroya, a school counselor, said: “During the first delivery, I was terrified.
“When I was told Amara’s heart tone could not be detected, I feared she would be stillborn.
“Once I delivered her and saw her feet moving, I was relieved, but I feared what was ahead for her.
“Over the course of the next two weeks, we were filled with an array of emotions.
“It was extremely difficult to watch our 1 pound 3 ounce baby girl literally fight for her life in the NICU.
“During that time, I was allowed to visit Amara for 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes at night so I could remain on bedrest and try to
keep baby Arthur in the womb as long as possible.
“Arthur would push me over to the NICU in a wheelchair and I was able to look at Amara in her isolette.
“We both cried several times, yet we also felt a calmness over us because we knew Amara had the power to continue fighting.
“It also gave me the strength to continue resting so Arthur would have a better chance of survival.
“Each day, my OB-GYN, Dr. Richter and my Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Dr. Amber Samuel would come in with updates and would remind me
how much every day in the womb counts.
“Once Arthur was born, it became apparent how important the two additional weeks in the womb was for his overall health.”
The babies are making progress and currently, Amara weighs 5lbs 6 ounces while Arthur is 6lbs 11 ounces.
LaTroyer added: “We are hoping to have them home in the next few weeks.
“We are amazed at the miracle we have watched before our eyes.
“When we look back at pictures of our babies when they were born and look at their progress now, we know that the prayers our family and friends
prayed along with us have been answered.
“The medical staff at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands hospital provided us with top notch quality care from the very beginning.
“They never made us feel like any of our questions were ‘silly’ or unnecessary.
“We have seen the nurses go over and beyond the call of duty to care for our children and make us feel comfortable.”