She and husband Chris, 40, were warned if the smaller twin died in the womb it could cause brain damage or even kill his brother. They advised her to have laser surgery to cut off the smaller twin and “let him go”. But the couple refused the surgery and chose to let nature take its course. Both twins were born healthy last December and this year are set to celebrate their first Christmas together as a family.
Jordan, 32, from Odiham, Hampshire, said: “We were shell-shocked when the doctors gave us this choice. But how could we have possibly made that decision? We had to give both our boys an equal chance. We are so glad we trusted our instincts as both boys are healthy and doing really well.”
A scan during pregnancy showed the twins were suffering from “selective intrauterine growth restriction”, where the placenta is failing to give nutrients to both twins evenly. It risks one twin becoming malnourished.
Jordan said: “A consultant said if Archie, the smaller twin, passed away in the womb it could be life threatening to Jackson. They offered to cut him off through laser surgery, but we weren’t prepared to make a decision like that.”
So the couple were referred to a specialist at Southampton General Hospital, who agreed to monitor the twins’ condition closely without surgery.
Every two weeks Jordan was scanned and the twins survived until they were born at 34 weeks by caesarean. They brought Jackson home after three weeks on New Year’s Eve and Archie a week later.
There is still a size difference – Jackson is 5Ib heavier – but they are both doing well. Jordan, who has been supported by the Twins Trust, said: “We are so grateful we didn’t listen to the doctors’ advice as Archie wouldn’t be here with us today.”
Shauna Leven, of the Twins Trust, said: “Research
is ongoing as to when this condition occurs, the impact on pregnancy and the best way to manage it clinically. Each birth experience is different. We’re delighted in this instance there was a happy outcome.”