22 Mar Miracle twins: 1 in 600 million
Kevin and I got married in 2008, and we were excited to start a family. A year later, I was pregnant with our firstborn son. It was a wonderful experience, and our healthy boy, Evan, was born early 2010. Once Evan was a year old, we hoped to conceive again; to have our children close together. I noticed various alarming symptoms, like hair loss, adult acne, weight gain, and no monthly cycle. We decided to consult the Gynaecologist, who confirmed after a series of tests that I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). PCOS is one of the leading causes of infertility in women, and the hormonal imbalance interferes with the growth and release of eggs from the ovaries (ovulation).
This news was such a shock and certainly unexpected, since I was in the prime of my life. We immediately reached to the Lord and have a firm belief in Christ’s healing power. We were convinced that miracles do happen. The doctor advised that I use fertility treatment to aid ovulation, but Kevin stated that he would prefer we don’t use any medication. Kevin said: “If we are going to have another baby, God will do a miracle in your womb.”
We stood on the Word and feasted on every scripture regarding children and multiplication. A lady gave me a prophetic word, stating that “the fruit of your womb will be fruitful.” The Lord in His mercy provides all kinds of promises which one can hold on to when you are going through a journey of uncertainty.
"...though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." - Psalm 23:4, KJV
While we were trusting to get pregnant, I recall Kevin having a vivid dream where he saw two cribs and two babies wrapped in blue blankets. Around August I had a chemical pregnancy (an early miscarriage) which was very emotional. Two weeks later, I felt under the weather, and when the symptoms did not subside, we opted to visit Pathcare for a blood test. The staff knew us by name at that stage. I truly did not want to see the results since I was afraid of another disappointment. Low and behold, Kevin brought back a positive lab result sheet, stating that according to the HCG count, I was pregnant.
We were over the moon and made an appointment with the Gynaecologist, Dr Seton. During the scan, he detected a single yolk sac and strong heartbeat and after doing the necessary measurements; congratulated us on the new baby that is on the way. This miracle overjoyed us… I recall sitting in the car after our appointment, Kevin and I both teary, yet thrilled to finally be pregnant. We studied every little part of the sonar picture – falling in love with the tiny baby. Kevin reminded me of the “blue-blanket dream”, and we chuckled as we knew it was merely a dream…
Around 11 weeks, I had severe back pain due to a pinched nerve and visited my G.P, for an injection. I was so keen to see our baby’s growth and asked him to do a scan for me since he had a sonar machine in the consultation room. His eyes widened as he took my file, and started asking questions about the pregnancy. I was getting worried, when he smiled and turned the screen to show me what he saw. Right there, in black and white, were two active little babies.
This was almost “unbelievable”. In absolute shock, I broke the news to Kevin. The following day, my gynaecologist confirmed that we are carrying twins and that it was a rare case where the smaller twin was conceived more than a week after the other. Hence the single heartbeat detected initially and the difference in size between the two. This is an extremely rare case, called “double pregnancy”, also known as Superfetation. A recent article in the U.K (Mail Online) mentioned that chances are “1 in 600 million” for this to happen: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-9329449/Mother-reveals-conceived-twins-NINE-DAYS-apart-1-600-million-double-pregnancy.html
There is also a story of the Robert’s twins, who were conceived three weeks apart: https://www.instagram.com/roberts.supertwins/
There have been less than 20 cases recorded Globally, mostly after using fertility medication. It was unusual in our case however, since I was not on fertility medication. Our boys were born on 2 May 2012 via C-section. They look entirely different. One is tall, dark-haired and has a large build; the other shorter, blonde and distinct in personality and temperament.
In 2016, God again blessed us with another baby boy, Chad.
Our household is extremely busy, very loud and competitive, but full of love. The twins are turning 9 soon. Colin is 5cm taller than Nathan, their personalities differ completely, and even in their build, they currently have a 12kg weight difference.
I trust that this story will bring hope to those who have struggled with infertility and know that miracles do happen…