A Canadian brother and sister born at just 22 weeks have been named the world’s most premature twins.
Adiah and Adrial Nadarajah were born 126 days, or 18 weeks, prematurely at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Ontario. They had a combined weight of 750 grams.
Doctors said if they had been born just an hour earlier they wouldn’t have tried to save the babies.
The children, now one year old and back home in Ontario, were named the world’s most premature twins by Guinness World Records. The parents said that Adrial tends to be thoughtful, while Adiah is gibberish and likes to be carried when taken on walks.
They overtake the previous record holders, twins born in Iowa in 2015 who were 125 days premature. A full-term pregnancy usually lasts 40 weeks.
A Canadian brother and sister born at just 22 weeks have been named the world’s most premature twins. Pictured above is Adrial (left), sitting on his father Kevin’s lap, and Adriah (right), sitting on mother Shakina’s lap. The two were born in Toronto, Canada
Pictured above is one of the babies shortly after birth in the hospital. Doctors said that if they had been born just hours earlier, no life-saving measures would have been taken
Mother Shakina Rajendram said that after only 21 weeks and five days she started having contractions, bleeding and extreme pain.
She was rushed to hospital where doctors saw her within minutes but said the babies were “not viable” and had a “zero percent chance of survival.”
But after an ultrasound revealed that the twins were still “alive,” with a strong heartbeat and undisturbed, the parents begged the doctors for help.
They were transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, where babies as young as 22 weeks could be born.
Doctors told Ms Rajendram to ‘keep them in’ until they hit the 22-week threshold – even though she was having contractions every few minutes – saying they couldn’t help it if they were born earlier.
Shortly after midnight on March 4, 2022, Ms. Rajendram said she felt that her waters had broken.
Adiah was born that day at 1:22 am and weighed 330 grams.
Her brother Adrial followed at 1.45 am with a weight of 420 grams.
Babies born after 22 weeks old have a survival rate of about 28 percent. studies show.
In those born just a week later, this rises to 55 percent.
The youngest baby to ever survive was Curtis Means of Alabama, who was born at 21 weeks and one day.
Immediately after birth, the two were diagnosed with cerebral hemorrhages. Adrian’s was more serious in a third degree. Adrial also suffered from lung problems, kidney problems and sepsis.
They then spent the next six months in the hospital under the watchful eye of doctors before being discharged.
Speaking about the births, Ms Rajendram said: ‘Amidst all that scenario we are told that the survival rate is virtually zero per cent, the probability of disability and significant disability is very high, we just clung to our hopes and beliefs , trusting in God.’
She added: “Many times we have seen the babies almost die before our very eyes.
It was also her second pregnancy, having lost her first child a few months earlier.
Immediately after birth, the two babies were diagnosed with cerebral hemorrhages. Adrial (left) also suffered from lung problems, kidney problems and sepsis
The two babies are pictured above at home. They were allowed to go home after spending about six months in the hospital
But now things are going “great” with the siblings.
When describing their babies, they said Adiah is a cheerful, funny girl who likes to laugh and babble and be held on walks.
Adrial is more thoughtful, they said, and likes to look at things and stare intently at people as if trying to learn who they are.