A Florida woman with a rare medical condition has given birth to healthy twins - one from each of her two uteruses.
The twins were delivered on Sept. 15 at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Fla., and doctors there said the mother Andreea Barbosa, 24, has an exceptionally rare condition known as uterus didelphys. The condition affects about one in 2,000 women worldwide, according to reports. It can also cause infertility, miscarriage, or premature birth for many women.
It was definitely a shocker, Andreea Barbosa told the St. Petersberg Times. I was frightened and scared - a little bit of everything in one.
Andreea Barbosa delivered twins Nathan and Natalie Barbosa at 36 weeks by cesarean section. Nathan arrived into the world firs weighing 5 pounds and 8 ounces. About two minutes later, his sister Natalie arrived and she weighed 5 pounds 10 ounces.
Her obstetrician, Dr. Patricia St. John, also told the Times that the odds of such a pregnancy are one in 5 million. She said that a woman would have to release two eggs at once and both would have to be fertilized and implanted successfully in separate uteruses.
After that, both had to develop into viable pregnancies. The chance of the babies surviving is even more rare.
According to the hospital, it is about one in 5 million.
Because we were aware of her condition, we were able to take special precautions to ensure that both mother and babies would be healthy, St. John said in a statement to the media.