EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSTwins Survive Life-Threatening Condition After Surgery In Womb
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Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Web Producer: Darrah Wilcox
Reported: Oct. 25, 2013 2:33 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 25, 2013 3:57 PM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
Amazed, grateful and miraculous are just a few of the words a Wirt County family use to describe a situation that left their twin boys fighting against the odds before they were even born.
"It's nothing short of a miracle, really," said Tom Sweeney, the twins' father.
At only 5 weeks old, Ryder and Ridge Sweeney have had a tough road so far. After about 18 weeks into the pregnancy, Carrie and Tom Sweeney learned their sons had Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome, where they shared vital vessels in the womb. It's a condition that affects about one in 4,500 identical twin pregnancies.
Carrie Sweeney said they were given a 0 percent to 10 percent chance of survival for the boys. They underwent critical surgery in the womb in Cincinnati early this summer. Carrie Sweeney said surgeons separated 22 vessels in the placenta. Even after the surgery, there was only a 50 percent chance of survival. She spent weeks on bed rest, until finally giving birth at 32 weeks on Sept. 18 at Cabell Huntington Hospital.
"We're just amazed," she said of the boys' progress so far.
The twins are growing bigger and stronger each day and starting to get distinct personalities, their mother said.
After spending five weeks in the Cabell Huntington Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Sweeney boys were discharged and released to go to their home in Wirt County and get to know their five older siblings.
"Everybody has miracles," Carrie Sweeney said. "We're taking ours home today."
The twins were sent home with monitors because they were born so early. The family will take the twins back to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit next month for a checkup.
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