EYE ON HEALTH: Mono Mono Twins
(WRCB) -- Cherrie Susa says she's been given the gift of a lifetime, just in time for Mother's Day.
Cherri Susa says "Initially I was a little scared, but we had a lot of people praying for us and that calmed our fears."
Cherrie and her husband Aaron had reason to be worried. Their twins were born with a rare condition that occurs in only 1 out of every 10-thousand births. They were mono mono twins.
Cherrie Susa says "I had no idea I had to go home and google it. I had no idea."
Dr. Garrett Lam says "They share the same bag of water as opposed to having separate bags of water."
Dr. Garrett Lam from Regional Obstetrical Consultants saw the family after their high risk diagnosis.
Dr. Garrett Lam says "As they grow bigger and they move around this bag of water, they can tangle their cords."
And that's what makes this condition so dangerous, the tangled cords could cut off blood flow or circulation and even worse, lead to death."
For these parents who had lost a child to complications after being born premature, Everyday was tough, just hoping these babies would hang on long enough for a healthy birth.
Aaron Susa says "Just having two babies inside possibly one or both could pass away because of struggles with umbilical cords."
The babies who are still in the NICU AT Children's Hospital at Erlanger, made it to 32 weeks. Still premature, but Dr. Lam says because neo-natal care has grown by leaps and bounds in the past 20 to 25 years, the future looks bright for these twins.
Dr. Garrett Lam says "I think it is tremendous that they got this far along and they were able to have good babies."
Not just good babies, precious gifts that these parents say will make their family complete.
Cherrie Susa says "I guess it's one of the greatest gifts we weren't expecting them to do this well."
Cherrie says they hope to be able to take the babies home in the next few days.