For some people, the idea of having twins is a blessing. Others would say it's their worst nightmare. But for one mom, having her twins was likely equal parts blessing and nightmare. Why? Because her twins were born 11 weeks apart. That's right, weeks, not hours or even days. It's incredibly rare, but she has a rare medical condition that makes it entirely possible.
Liliya Konovalova, who lives in Kazakhstan, gave birth to her daughter Liya, on May 24th. Her son Maxim wasn't born until 11 weeks later, in early August. While her daughter was born at just 25 weeks, weighing only a little over two pounds, her son was six pounds and six ounces. "My son was in no rush to come out into the world," she explains to RT.
But how did this all happen exactly? Well, Konovalova actually has uterus didelphys, or a double uterus. Basically, she has two completely separately operating uteruses and each baby developed and grew in their own space. Uterus didelphys is obviously very rare, affecting only about 0.5 to 5 percent of those who have a uterus around the world. If you have it, there is a higher chance of miscarriage, premature birth or still birth. Obviously Konovalova knows this to be true.
"Thanks to our doctors, we prevailed… what they did is a miracle," she tells RT. Now that her little boy is here and doing well, she finally got to pack up and her babies and head home. "My kids now weigh around 3 kilograms and we're getting ready to be discharged from the hospital."
The hospital where she had her babies shared their story on Facebook. "According to statistics, in such cases, the chances of birth of a living child are equal to 1 by 50 million," they explain. "But thanks to the professionalism of doctors of the hospital center, mom and babies are doing well." They also said that Konovalova spent a lot of her pregnancy on bed rest obviously. While they didn't mention how her daughter was delivered, her son was delivered by cesarean section.
And while the idea of having more than one uterus is absolutely terrifying, it seems that Liliya Konovalova got a double blessing.