When Faye Gardiner, 33, of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, first saw the sizes of her boys Joseph and Luke, who weigh 8lb 7oz and 7lb 11oz, respectively, physicians reportedly gasped. Gardiner and her physicians anticipate that her twins will weigh the same as the typical 5-lb twin newborn. However, Gardiner’s son’s “size” made a commotion in the operating room when he was born. Gardiner, who shares a home with her 32-year-old insurance investigator husband Simon, was overjoyed to learn she was expecting.
But a few weeks later, the medical professionals informed her that they had experienced an ectopic life, a life that the developing fetus receives during the fallopian period. She later discovered she was expecting twins, but the doctors believed that because one was so small, it would not survive the pregnancy. The physicians were concerned that I had an ectopic pregnancy because I was in a lot of agony, she claimed. They told me the developing fetus was normal when I had an ultrasound, but there was also another tiny sac there. They informed me that it might be a twin but that they didn’t think the second twin would live because it was so much smaller than the other. They had no idea that the two would stay together.
Doctors informed her that the twins would weigh between 5 and 6 pounds apiece at her most recent growth scan. Everyone’s expectations were exceeded when the twins were delivered via cesarean section. Doctors had estimated that the boys would weigh between 5 and 6 pounds each, so their significantly greater birth weight astonished us, the woman stated. As they saved the boys, I overheard the surgeon on the operating table gasping. I was unaware of what had occurred. All I can do is hope for their wellbeing. I couldn’t believe it when they told me their weight. Between them, my children weigh more than 16 lbs. Because they were so large, other hospital staff members went to see them. No one would believe their size.”
The twins were allowed to go home after just a few days in the hospital and are growing up healthy. Luke has now even surpassed his brother in weight. “We bought tiny baby clothes to take to the hospital so none of them would fit,” says Gardiner. We had to buy them bigger ones in the first place. Both have healthy cravings so they gain weight fast. They had different personalities. Joseph is the boy of a real mummy while Luke is the laid back. Now at 5 months old, Luke weighs 16 lb 8 oz and Joseph weighs 16 lb 2 oz.