Kirsty and Ben were shocked to learn they were having twins. But the excitement quickly faded to concern when doctors said she had a rare medical condition at 18 weeks.
Identical twins Cassie and Emily were diagnosed with twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, or TTTS, which causes an uneven blood flow to the babies. The condition put a serious strain on Emily’s heart, leaving Cassie with an insufficient supply of blood and nutrients. Both babies were at risk of cardiac arrest.
Then came the news no pregnant woman wants to hear: Kirsty needed an operation while Cassie and Emily were still in the womb.
At 20 weeks pregnant, Kirsty and Ben headed to the Birmingham Women’s Hospital for the procedure. She was, understandably, a nervous wreck.
During the hour-long procedure, Kirsty lay conscious while surgeons used a laser to seal off excess blood vessels in the placenta. She was put under, but still awake in a “dull, sleepy state.”
But her clearest memory of the terrifying surgery is an interesting one. “My most vivid memory is the smell, like burnt bacon,” she said.
The surgery was a success, but doctors warned that Emily was still susceptible to cardiac arrest. Kirsty and Ben feared she wouldn’t survive the coming week.
But watch the video below to see what happened in the days and weeks that followed…
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