Baby twins who survived the womb: UK medical drama
One year ago, Lily and Darcy Ellis beat the odds when they were born healthy after being diagnosed with twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) – a rare complication of pregnancy that often ends in death for one or both twins. Ten months later, they beat out the competition to land a starring role on the BBC’s popular medical drama Casualty, in which they took turns playing the daughter of a homeless couple, reports LifeSiteNews.
“I can’t wait to see them on TV. They are my little miracles,” the twins’ mother, Rachel Jones, told the UK’s Mirror. “I’m so proud of them for landing a role in such a big show.”
But Jones has much more to be proud of than the twins’ acting careers. The two tiny fighters were given only a 5 percent chance of survival by Jones’ doctors when they were diagnosed with TTTS at only 18 weeks gestation. But after undergoing cutting-edge prenatal laser surgery and surviving the premature rupture of their amniotic sacs, both twins were born healthy at 34 weeks.
“They were perfect. My little miracles,” their mother wrote, in a piece describing the experience for Friday Magazine.
TTTS occurs when the blood flow between twins inside the womb becomes imbalanced, leading to an overload of amniotic fluid in one sac and dangerously low levels in the other. Left untreated, the condition is almost always fatal to one or both babies, and often, doctors recommend the abortion of the smaller or “donor” twin to improve the chances of the other’s survival.
When Lily and Darcy were diagnosed with the condition, the first option doctors presented to Jones was abortion, but she refused.