Sunday, April 29, 2012

Strange facts-Amazing difference in weight of twin sisters born 10 minutes apart

When Pamela Sutherland fell pregnant with twins, she was worried that people wouldn’t be able to tell them apart. But as soon as they were born, she and husband Barry knew that it wasn’t going to be a problem. Because at 8Ibs 1oz, twin Daisy dwarfed her sister Poppy, who weighed in at just 5Ibs 7ozs, when they were born at Elgin Maternity Hospital five weeks ago. It is the biggest size difference between twins ever recorded in the UK.

Mrs Sutherland, 30, who lives in Portsoy, Aberdeenshire, with husband Barry, also 30, said: ‘We just couldn’t believe it when they were born and they looked so different. ‘Even the midwife was shocked when she weighed Daisy. She did a double take.’

Size differences between twins can sometimes be caused by a life-threatening condition called Twin to Twin transfusion syndrome, where one twin takes more nutrients from the other. The condition can be life-threatening and surgery can be carried out whilst the babies are still in the womb to separate the vessels conjoining them to even out the blood supply. But baffled doctors told the couple that their twins didn’t have the condition and luckily the pregnancy went smoothly.

The twins were born naturally within ten minutes of each other after Mrs Sutherland went in to labour - and when they were born, it showed the staggering three and a half pound size difference between the two.



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