Doctors at EvergreenHealth Medical Center delivered the baby boy of Holli Gorveatt on Saturday morning, 18 days after his twin brother was born on September 29.
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Doctors had thought baby Logan would be born four months after the arrival of twin brother Link, but he came much sooner than expected.
Both identical twins are doing fine regardless of the heart and lung issues of baby Link, but then they both came premature. Baby Logan spent two and half more weeks in his mother’s womb before deciding it was time to arrive.
Both babies shared the same placenta in the womb and this made them to suffer from a complication known as Twin Twin Transfusion syndrome, prompting an immediate surgery on them both in utero so as to separate their blood flow problem.
"It's rather like having two plants growing out of the same pot," said Dr. Martin Walker who delivered Link first. "They send their umbilical cords down into the placenta, the 'roots' go out through the placenta, these are the blood vessels. And where they touch each other, they join together and they allow blood to flow freely between babies.
“All identical twins sharing a placenta have these connections,” he added. “About 20 percent of them get into a situation where one baby gives the other baby more blood than he gets back. So, you have a situation where one baby becomes anemic and weak from blood loss and the other baby becomes over stuffed with blood, bloated and goes into heart failure."
The surgery indicated that a early labor would be induced and Link would be born first while Logan stayed up till four months more to reach full term on January 26 next year. But the latter came in two and half weeks after his twin brother came.
They are both in the incubator and weighed very little, but still doing fine considering their medical circumstances.
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Holli and husband Nick Gorveatts are based in Ferndale in Whatcom County of Kirkland, Washington, and seek financial help from generous donors to help out with their rising hospital bills. They have two other young children.