The Miracle Baby Sᴛᴏᴘᴘᴇᴅ Bʀᴇᴀᴛʜɪɴɢ At Two Weeks Old, He ꜰɪɢʜᴛed To Got The First Birthday
Adorable Felix and Rhonin Maslanka weighed just over one pound each when they were born on March 10, 2018, at just 23 weeks and four days. The identical twins, whose birth date was meant to be July 5, are believed to be the youngest set of twins to be born in the UK at that ɢᴇsᴛᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴀɴᴅ sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇ. Given a slim chance of making it, Felix, now weighing 14lb 11oz and Rhonin, 15lb 2oz, are now doing well as they celebrate their milestone first birthday – having spent their first 150 days in hospital. Proud parents receptionist Amy Maslanka, 29, and police officer Liam Sneath, 28, feared they were going to lose Felix after he sᴛᴏᴘᴘᴇᴅ ʙʀᴇᴀᴛʜɪɴɢ at two weeks old but the little Fɪɢʜᴛer pulled through.
Just a day later the boys were born naturally – Felix first weighing 525g (1lb 2oz) and Rhonin an hour later weighing 580g (1lb 4oz).Amy said: “There was one occasion when Felix took a turn for the ᴡᴏʀsᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ʜᴏsᴘɪᴛᴀʟ sᴛᴀFF called us in. He’d sᴛᴏᴘᴘᴇᴅ ʙʀᴇᴀᴛʜɪɴɢ. They hooked him up to a machine and told us if that didn’t work there was nothing more they could do. We decided we’d let Felix make the decision himself. If he chose to Fɪɢʜᴛ we’d let him Fɪɢʜᴛ and if he chose to let go we’d let him go.”
Amy said: “We think they’re the joint youngest twins to sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇ at that gestation. We feel fortunate to be here and to be able to celebrate their birthday with our family.”A spokeswoman for the Twins and Multiple Birth’s Association Tamba said they understand ‘these twins are among the youngest ever sᴜʀᴠɪᴠɪɴɢ recorded in Britain with just two other sets recorded from 2017’.
Professor Andy Shennan, obstetrician specialising in ᴘʀᴇᴛᴇʀᴍ births and adviser to charity Tommy’s, said the survival rate for twins born this early is around 30 percent.