Twins born premature at 24 weeks overcome hernia and heart defect to survive

In a miraculous turn of events, twin sisters born prematurely at 24 weeks at a Chennai hospital were saved by doctors who performed surgeries for hernia and a congenital heart defect, keeping them on ventilator support for two months. Both babies were termed “miracle babies” by medical professionals.

Dr. Dhilip Kumar S, Senior Consultant Neonatologist and Paediatrician at Cloudnine Group of Hospitals, Chennai, OMR branch, shared, “In this case, both the twins were born micro-preemies at 24 weeks and are indeed miracle babies as they had to undergo two major life-threatening surgeries for treating hernia and Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA), a congenital heart defect. Both the twins were very sick, and their survival was doubtful in the early days of birth.”

The twins were born to a couple in Chennai after multiple failed pregnancy attempts. The mother, aged 36, faced an incompetent cervix, chronic hypertension, and other medical issues. Despite undergoing cervical cerclage, at 24 weeks her cervix prematurely opened, leading to complications in her twin pregnancy, ultimately resulting in the birth of the premature twin sisters.

After birth, both babies faced complications such as low birth weight, breathing difficulties, and the need for ventilator support. Twin 1 was diagnosed with chronic lung disease and underwent surgery for an inguinal hernia. Twin 2 faced a low heart rate and required open-heart surgery to address a congenital heart defect called Patent Ductus Arteriosus.

Following a 105-day stay in the hospital, the twins were discharged and allowed to return home with their family, weighing significantly more than their birth weight. The doctors at Cloudnine Hospital, Chennai, praised the twins’ resilience and credited their survival to dedicated medical care and perseverance.


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