An incredible photo shows the moment two premature twin girls entered the world cuddling one another.
Just a warning – if you’re squeamish, you might want to think twice before scrolling down for this one.
Aria and Skylar Morgan-Trodden held on to each other while they were delivered by cesarean section, 10 weeks early.
The twins were born via surrogate to couple Kyran Trodden and Ryan Morgan from Staines, Middlesex.
In the photo shared by the couple, the identical twins can be seen clinging onto one another – in the exact same position they were holding in the womb just moments before.
A relative of Kyran and Ryan offered to be a surrogate for the couple and at six weeks they found out they were expecting not one, but two babies.
However, at 20 weeks, the twins were diagnosed with TTTS – twin to twin transfusion syndrome – and the couple feared they were going to lose a child.
The surrogate was rushed to hospital the same day to have laser ablation surgery, which was successful.
Then on 23 November – 10 weeks before the February due date – the girls arrived happy and healthy.
But another blow came when Kyran tested positive for Covid the day after the birth – so the new dads were forced to isolate away from their babies.
Kyran, a deputy manager at a preschool, said: ‘We were heartbroken to not be able to be there with them, but the staff were absolutely incredible and they kept us updated every single day with photos and videos.’
After five weeks in the hospital the twins arrived home on Boxing Day, with Kyran calling their homecoming ‘the best Christmas gift they could have asked for.’
He added: ‘The whole journey was amazing, we had our ups, downs, laughs and tears, and jam packed full of emotions. It really tested us, we felt every emotion.
‘Obviously we went in to it thinking we were having one baby but at six weeks we found out it was actually twins which was an amazing shock.’
Kyran and Ryan also hope that sharing their experience will encourage other same sex couples to try for a family.
They added: ‘To our surrogate, we will be forever in debt to her and can’t thank her enough for the gift of two precious lives. We thank her so much, there are no words that can ever truly tell her how grateful we are.’
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