It isn’t unheard of for twins to be born at separate times, at least when we’re talking in the region of a few minutes or a couple of hours. But in the case of one Irish mum, doctors were once again forced to reconsider what is and isn’t possible when twins born 87 days apart pretty much tore up the rule book and burned the pages.
Already being recognised as the first time it has ever happened in the history of Ireland, Maria Jones-Elliott went into labor prematurely and delivered her first baby a full four-months before her due date. Amy Jones-Elliott weighed little more than 1lb when she was born and the prognosis was bleak.
However, after the birth of little Amy her mother’s contractions ceased and the second of the twins remained inside her womb. As such, she remained in the maternity ward of the hospital to await the birth of the second baby.
Little did anyone realise that Katie Jones-Elliott wouldn’t arrive for another 87 days!
Miraculously, baby Amy survived and was on hand to welcome her twin sister when she finally decided to make an appearance. The hospital twice attempted to make the mum’s contractions continue to avoid any ensuing health complications, but it was eventually decided to let nature take its course and await a natural delivery.
As existing medical records suggest that the previous longest time between the birth of twins was 84 days, the Jones-Elliott sisters could be making their way to the Guinness Book of World Records – assuming of course the book features such things!