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Alison Camp was pregnant and in good spirits. She was looking forward to the birth of her third child together with her husband, Tim. The couple was so excited for the ultrasound appointment, where they would get a "first look" at the new member of the family.
But when the image became clear on the screen, Alison's doctor had to take a second look - in 40 years of practice, she'd never seen anything like this.
Alison has a unique uterus, a so-called uterine malformation
. In short, Alison has two uteri. This is only present in 0.1-0.5% of all women. And that's not the only surprise: The doctor soon announced, "Here is the heartbeat of the baby in your left uterus, and here is the heartbeat of your second baby." Alison was due to have twins from two separate uteri.
Alison and Tim couldn't believe it; Tim nearly fell faint, and understandably so. It's easy to imagine that the couple felt a bit overwhelmed. In the United States, there are only 73 documented cases similar to this one. Alison was unsure what to expect. All she knew was that her pregnancy was now considered high risk. At first, everything went smoothly. But 14 weeks prior to her due date, Alison was forced to make a tough decision.
To make sure both her babies had a chance to survive, the doctors recommended an early delivery. Alison agreed even though her twin sons each weighed less than 2 lbs. They spent the first few weeks in the ICU and Alison wasn't even permitted to hold them. But thanks to the gentle care and the boys' ravenous appetite, the twins survived. Today, they are two rambunctious brothers that keep the entire family on their toes.
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