Photos have captured the moment the world’s second most premature twins were born at just 22 weeks and survived
Tracey Hernandez, from Durham, North Carolina, was warned that twins Makayla and Makenzie Pope would have a zero chance of survival by doctors.
The photos show the sisters born still in their amniotic sacs at Duke Universty Hospital in Durham on December 8 2019
Extraordinary photos have captured the birth of the world’s second most premature twins to survive
The babies were born in their amniotic sacs
The sisters, known as “micro preemies” were born weighing 1lb 1oz and 1lb 3oz and Tracey was unable to hold them.
But despite the doctors warnings, the twins have survived after spending four months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the hospital.
The new mum explained that her twins were only able to survive because they were able to breathe on their own outside of the womb, as doctors warned they would be unable to resuscitate them. Thesun reported
Tracey Hernandez is now looking forward to bringing her babies home, four months after she gave birth
The tots were able to survive because they could breathe unaided outside of the womb
Dad Antony Hope is looking forward to bringing his daughters home Credit: Tracey Hernandez
And now Tracey and dad Antony Hope, are looking forward to bringing the twins home next month, just weeks after their due date which was April 9.
She will welcome them to older sister Jada, 8.
Speaking to the Metro, Tracey said: “I am so lucky and I know it’s an absolute miracle. I feel blessed.
“It has been a long and draining journey so far but we are nearly there and the end is so close now.
Tracey had to wait a month before she could hold her babies Credit: Tracey Hernandez/Gofundme
The twins have made an amazing recovery
Tracey was told her babies had a zero per cent chance of survival Credit: Tracey Hernandez
“They have both amazed me and they continue to amaze me. ‘They are a blessing and I am so proud to call myself their mom.”
They are second only to twins Keeley and Kambry Ewoldt, from Iowa, who were born at 22 weeks 1 day, or 155 days, on November 24 2018.
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