By Jess Grieveson-Smith
A twin has sacrificed herself in the womb to help save her premature sisters life.
Ashley Simons, 33, was left devastated after going into labour with her twin girls Esme and Isla at 24 weeks pregnant last year.
Doctors desperately tried to administer lifesaving medication to the twins while they were still in the womb but Esme had already become stuck in the birthing canal – something that delayed Isla’s birth.
Ashley – who had spent five years and £6,000 on IVF before falling pregnant with her twins – believes Esme sacrificed herself to save her sister, Isla, so she could receive the lifesaving drugs she desperately needed in the womb before being born.
Esme died shortly after being born but thankfully Isla – after spending weeks in hospital – survived and has just celebrated her first birthday [Jan 20] with her parents Ashley and Mitchel, 32.
Ashley, a special needs teacher, from Basildon, Essex, said: “We had spent £6,000 on IVF treatments over five years to fall pregnant with my twin girls.
“We’d had to go all the way to the Czech Republic to have successful IVF and despite having a cervical ectropion, which was essential a graze on the cervix which had caused some bleeding, I had a great pregnancy.
“After hearing my twins heartbeats for the first time we found out they were both girls.
“Me and Mitchel were ecstatic and so excited that our dream had come true.”
But Ashley’s pregnancy was about to take a drastic turn for the worse when she was 24 weeks pregnant.
She said: “I was having pains in my stomach but I didn’t associate them with labour.
“I was at home at the time and it wasn’t until I suddenly felt something drop down through my womb that I began worrying that I was in labour.
“Panicking we rushed to Basildon and Thurick University hospital, where I was told that I was showing signs of being in labour.