Thursday, September 22, 2011

Florida woman gives birth to a set of twins -- from two different uteruses

The Barbosa twins are healthy and doing well -- despite their mother's unusual health condition.

The Barbosa twins are healthy and doing well -- despite their mother's unusual health condition.

A Florida woman became the proud mom of two healthy babies - each born from a different one of her two uteruses.

Andreea Barbosa has a condition called didelphys, hospital officials said in a press release.

According to the Mayo Clinic, it's a rare condition that's sometimes not even diagnosed and is only treated if it causes pain or repeated miscarriages.

But for Barbosa, it resulted in a set of adorable twins. Her son, Nathan, was born first at 5 pounds 8 ounces from one uterus and his sister Natalie came out two minutes later at 5 pounds, 10 ounces.

While the condition is rare, it's even more rare for a woman with didelphys to carry two babies in two uteruses at the same time. And the chance of the babies surviving is even more rare - about one in 5 million, the hospital said.

"Because we were aware of her condition, we were able to take special precautions to ensure that both mother and babies would be healthy," Barbosa's doctor, Patricia St. John said in a statement.

The twins were born via C-section at 36 weeks on Sept. 15, doctors told the St. Petersburg Times.

And five days later, the babies and their mom seem to be doing great.

"I was shocked to learn I had a baby in each uterus," said Barbosa, who has a 2-year-old daughter. "But my husband and I are just so happy that they are here and healthy."

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