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Mom Delivers Premature Twins At 22 Weeks And They’re Barely Larger Than A Soda Can

by Kim Wong-Shing
Kim Wong-Shing is a staff writer at LittleThings. Her work spans beauty, wellness, pop culture, identity, food, and other topics. She is a contributing writer at NaturallyCurly, and her work has also appeared in HelloGiggles, Lifehacker, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and other outlets. She grew up in Philadelphia, attended Brown University, and is now based in New Orleans.

Premature twins Kambry and Keeley Ewoldt were born at the University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics in November.

The baby girls were born at just 22 weeks.

The girls’ mother, Jade Ewoldt, developed twin-twin transfusion syndrome, a placental disease that affects identical twin pregnancies. Though Jade underwent surgery to try to correct the issue, the procedure often causes premature birth, and she gave birth just a month later.

Keeley weighed just 1 lb. at birth. Her sister Kambry was 13.4 oz. As Jade says, they were each about the size of a can of soda.

“It is by the grace of God that they’re here,” she told Inside Edition.

“They had all the odds stacked against them. They still do. They have a long road to go. They’re strong fighters.”

The girls will remain at the NICU until it’s safe for them to go home with their family. Until then, they’re in good hands. The national survival rate for babies born at 22 weeks is just 10%, but at the clinic in Iowa, the survival rate is much higher.

“We’ve been working very hard with this population for the past over 10 years,” neonatologist Dr. Jonathan Klein said. “With very dedicated NICU, dedicated nurses, respiratory therapists, nurse practitioners, we have survival now of babies born at 22 weeks that are admitted to the NICU of 65 percent, which is about 150 percent higher than the national average is.”

Jade says the family needs “all the prayers we can get.” Although the twins are tiny, they’re fighters — see for yourself in the video!

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