A British woman with two wombs gave birth to three children in what is thought to be the first case of its kind.
In December 2006, Hannah Kersey, of Northam, Devon in England, delivered identical twins Ruby and Tilly, who were born from one womb, and Grace, who was born from the other, the BBC reports.
The girls stayed in hospital for nine weeks after being born seven weeks early by Cesarean section.
Kersey was born with uterus didelphys, a rare condition known to affect one in 1 million women worldwide. It is when a woman has two wombs instead of one, Barcroft Media reports via the New York Post.
In Kersey’s case, the babies were conceived from two eggs, one in each womb, which were fertilized at the same time by two different sperm.
One egg then separated, producing identical twins, while the other grew into a single baby.
Kersey and her partner Mick Faulkner, 23, were initially shocked when doctors told them they would have triplets, since they previously said it was impossible she would bear children in the separate wombs.
But after a brief pregnancy scare involving the size of the babies, the three were safely born, with Ruby weighing 2 pounds 6 ounces, Tilly at 2 pounds and Gracie at 2 pounds 13 ounces, according to Barcroft.
Even though this is the first reported case of twins and a single baby, there have been other cases of two babies being born to women with uterus didelphys.
According to the Telegraph, 34-year-old Angie Cromar, of Murray, near Salt Lake City, was due to have a baby boy and girl. They are not twins and were due at different times.
As for Kersey, she said: “We were just so thankful that they were healthy and well. It was more than we could have hoped for.”
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