For living beings, reproduction and the passing on of our genes are essential to why we live on this planet. Through evolution, it has been decided that the strongest genes will be passed on. This is because those are the ones that will survive and thus those offspring will be most likely to survive.
The mother in this story had to make a decision regarding her offspring that no mother should have to make. She had to make a tough decision between the birth of her twins.
Emma Dutton had to carry a dead baby in her womb for three months in order to give birth to her other son.
Read more to find out.
Approximately around the second trimester, Emma Dutton was notified that one of her twins had died in the womb.
In order to keep the other child safe, she had to carry the dead baby to the full term. During the early portion of her pregnancy, she was notified that the twins suffered from something called twin to twin transfusion syndrome.
This meant that one twin would receive more blood flow from the placenta than the other twin. In many cases, this is considered to be a fatal condition.
Even after undergoing surgery and surviving the operation, the follow-up scan revealed that one of the twins did not make it.
In an interview, Emma said: ‘my little boy lay on the screen not moving, no little wriggles, no little bubbles, and no heartbeat. That image will never leave my memory.’
So in order to give her other son the best chance at living, she decided to carry both twins through the full 9 months of pregnancy.
She said: ‘I just couldn’t allow myself to be happy about the pregnancy – I thought if I got my hopes up the other one would die as well.’
She continued on by saying: ‘It was just an awful situation and the guilt was overwhelming. From then on, whenever I bought something for Oliver I felt awful that I wasn’t buying something for Elijah as well.’
But almost 15 weeks later, Emma Dutton along with her husband, Mark Prince, were happy to welcome their new baby son, Oliver, into the world.
Through a previously planned C-section, Oliver came out weighing 3.9 pounds while his brother, Elijah, weighed only 3 ounces.
Emma said: ‘to have that news and then be told one of them had died was just absolutely devastating. After that, I was convinced I would lose the other one too.’
‘Elijah stayed with me until Oliver was born. It was incredibly sad, but I’m also pleased they had the chance to be born together.’