34-year-old Terry-Ann Tunks from Burpengary- Queensland, Australia, was devastated after losing her first baby boy, Tai, 22 weeks into her pregnancy. Everything was fine until one fateful day when she went into early labor.
“There was nothing doctors could do to stop the labor and we sadly lost our baby at 22 weeks,” Terry-Ann said.
However, a year later, she was pregnant- again! This time round she was expecting identical twin girls. Terry-Ann and her partner, Cameron Pollard, 32 were overjoyed and over the moon!
She explained, “When I fell pregnant again in 2016 I was happy but equally terrified about the thought of losing them, especially because there were two.
“After being told we were having twins my first thought was “oh no how will my body cope?”
Unfortunately, at 16 weeks, history wanted to repeat itself – doctors noticed that her cervix was slowly weakening. So they warned the first-time parents that their twins would likely not survive. She was suffering from an incompetent cervix where the tissue in the cervix is unable to hold a baby for long – something that could potentially lead to premature or stillborn babies.
“After losing our first son, Taj, at 22 weeks, I was terrified about losing our twins the moment I fell pregnant,’ Terry-Ann said.
“My weak cervix was the cause of my first early labor so I had extra scans as a precaution.
“Doctors noticed my cervix was weakening at 16 weeks and we were warned the likelihood of our twins surviving was slim.”
But Terry-Ann did not lose hope, she went ahead and did her own research about her condition and how she could save her little babies. There’s no way she was going to accept losing more children without a fight.
Thanks to her research, she discovered a way in which her babies would be saved – a procedure called a cervical stitch. The mother of twins demanded her doctors to perform surgery on her cervix by stitching it so that her babies could be saved. At first, the doctors were hesitant to do the surgery, but with a lot of convincing, they later gave in to her plea and agreed to give her the stitch.
Terry-Ann said she and her partner ‘refused to give up’ after hearing the news and insisted on having the stitch.
“I had to push for it and every week as my cervix became weaker, the chance of our girls surviving became less. Thankfully at 18 weeks doctors finally gave me the stitch I desperately needed.” Terry-Ann said.
“It didn’t guarantee they’d survive but it gave them a chance, I couldn’t bear the thought of losing another baby,” she added.
Thanks to her persistence and research, the stitch miraculously saved the lives of her twin babies. Terry-Ann went on to defy the odds and carry her twins for another 8 weeks!
She encourages all mothers to push for whatever treatment they believe they need and to always follow their instincts.
“The stitch saved my girls, and I know without it, they wouldn’t have survived,” Terry-Ann said. “I would encourage moms to always push for the treatment they need.”
On February 27, the couple welcomed their beautiful baby girls Cadence and Tori, who weighed less than two pounds each at birth. Unfortunately, the little girls were unable to breathe on their own due to an infection. Miraculously, after 12 weeks in the hospital, these beautiful girls are now happy, healthy, and at home with their family, where they belong!
Going back home with their baby girls was a big relief; it was the most beautiful moment for the new parents. At last, they were given a second chance at having their own children.
Terry-Ann said, “It was such an emotional rollercoaster but I’m so relieved to finally be home and for both twins to be doing so well. Both the twins now weigh over 7lbs and are doing so well, especially considering they were home two weeks before their due date.
She added, “It’s been all hands on deck since arriving home but we wouldn’t change it for the world.”
The new parents are very grateful for the gift of parenthood. They believe it was by luck that their little angels survived.
“We know how lucky we are that both of our girls survived, we call them our double rainbow as they’re both little miracles, Terry-Ann said.
What an inspirational story and a good turn of events! It’s an eye opener to us all that we should always do our own research about certain medical conditions that we may face. It is never too late to save a life, even that of unborn babies.
We wish the new parents the very best and good health for their beautiful little girls.
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