TWINS Amy and Katies Jones-Elliott from Glenmore in South Kilkenny have defied the medical odds having been born 87 days apart.
Their mother Maria (34), who was carrying twin girls went into labour four months early and gave birth on June 1 to Amy, who weighed just 1lb 3oz. Maria remained at Waterford Regional Hospital and almost three months later gave birth to Katie. Attempts were unsuccessfully made to induce the second baby, after which time her and her husband Chris decided to wait and let nature take its course. Katie was born on August 27, almost three months later.
It is understood that the 87-day interval between Amy and Katie’s births is a world record. Doctors have told Ms Jones-Elliot and her husband, Chris, they have achieved the medical equivalent of winning the lottery after both girls survived. The twins are now poised to set the Guinness World Record for the “longest interval between the birth of twins” – beating the previous record held by three days.
The mum-of-four has hailed the pair her “little miracles”.
“As I held Amy for the first time I stroked my bump and prayed to God,” she said. “I just wanted my girls to be together and safe and well.
“Usually you experience nothing but joy at the birth of a new baby, but it was so achingly bitter-sweet as both of their lives hung in the balance.” The couple have two other children Olivia (13) and Jack (11).
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