Born at 23 Weeks: Imogen and Annabelle the Smallest Surviving Twins in Scotland

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Editor’s note: Every year medical science advances in its capability of saving younger and younger babies. It’s breathtakingly horrible to think that we save babies who are much younger than many unborn children who are aborted. The holocaust of the unborn (and that’s not hyperbole to call it such — 60 million babies murdered is certainly a holocaust) is a tremendous blight on our national character. These stories of life serve to inspire and remind us who are pro-life what we are fighting for. Every human life is created in the image of God and is worth saving! Read on. Tami Jackson

By Nancy Flanders

James and Claire Weir were happy to be welcoming a new baby to their family of three. However, at just seven weeks, Mrs. Weir experienced some bleeding, and when they went to the doctor to make sure everything was okay, the couple learned they were expecting identical twin girls.

“We don’t have a history of twins as a family, so it was a shock,” Mr. Weir told the Daily Mail. “We were over the moon and pretty overwhelmed. Claire had to go back for regular scans because she had some other bleeds, but each time we were told the babies were okay.”

By the 20-week ultrasound, the twins were growing well; at roughly 22 weeks, Mrs. Weir’s water broke, and she headed to the Royal Alexandria Hospital in Paisley, Scotland.

“I was told the babies could be born soon, which was a huge shock,” she told the Daily Mail. “At that stage, it was under the threshold for saving them.”

Doctors told the couple that if the babies were born before 28 weeks, they would not resuscitate them. They were told they could transfer to the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow, where the twins would be resuscitated, so the couple chose to switch hospitals to give their girls a fighting chance.

Mrs. Weir knew that her daughters’ best chance would come if they made it beyond 23 weeks’ gestation. She spent each day trying not to move too much, counting the hours.

“I got to more than 23 weeks, but then I got very ill with a sepsis infection and they had to induce me,” she told the Daily Mail. “The fact that they were twins, that I had an infection, and they were so premature, all lowered their chance of survival. I didn’t have a lot of hope.”

At 23 weeks and four days, baby Annabelle was born weighing just 15.5 ounces. Ten minutes later, her twin, Imogen, was born weighing one pound and half an ounce. They were taken straight to intensive care while their mother underwent surgery. It would be six days before she held Imogen, and weeks before she was able to hold Annabelle…

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