While this woman was pregnant with twin boys, she learned that one of the two fetuses was deceased. In order to give life to her remaining son, she would have to carry them both right to the end of her term.
Emma Dutton was devastated to discover that her unborn twins had a life-threatening disease.
At 20 weeks, she learned that one of her twin sons had died in the womb. Emma told Mirror Online that, “[t]o have that news and then be told one of them had died was just absolutely devastating. After that, I was convinced I’d lose the other one too”. In order to give her surviving child the best chance at life, she had to carry both sons to term, which would be another 15 weeks. When the time came, she and Mark welcomed little Oliver (the surviving child) into the world via c-section. The newborn weighed 4 lb, 11 oz, while his deceased brother, whom they named Elijah, weighed only three ounces.
Baby Oliver rests in the hospital with his mother Emma.
The couple said farewell to their stillborn son, whom they named Elijah, which means “Jehovah is God” in Hebrew.
Both parents are now involved in helping to raise funds too support a TTTS registry to help researchers learn more about the disease.
The surviving twin was born healthy at 4 lbs, 11 oz.
Emma Dutton with her partner Mark and son Oliver, at 10-months
It is just a natural part of life that certain things happen—that innocent lives may be cut short or may not even have a chance to begin life. When we are able to accept, even embrace life as such, and not dwell in the past sorrows, and if we are able to move forward despite our troubles, all the more so may we appreciate the ones we already have in our world.