Born prematurely, these identical twins were separated for 27 days. Zoe and Olivia immediately hugged when they found each other again, to the delight of their parents who immortalised this moment.
When Ann Le, the mother, found out she was expecting identical twins, she knew it was a high-risk pregnancy. She had a mono-chorionic and mono-amniotic pregnancy, which means that the two little girls, Zoe and Olivia, were completely identical and had the same genetic heritage. The twins shared the same placenta and the same amniotic sac, which can sometimes lead to complications, which it actually did. As a result of a complication, the parents were told that their daughters would arrive 12 weeks before their due date.
A risky pregnancy
‘I remember our doctor explaining the twins were sharing one sac and one placenta, meaning they were not only fighting for space, they were fighting for food,’ explained Le in an interview with Today.
‘She then went on to explain it was a very high-risk pregnancy and our chances or getting through the pregnancy were not looking great. I remember bursting into tears and feeling like we’d already lost our babies,’ she added.
The babies were born on 29th January at 28 weeks and 5 days and the two twins were then separated for 27 days in order to receive the proper care. The mother hadn’t been able to experience skin to skin contact with them before they were taken, and this affected her quite badly. When the sisters were reunited, it was as if they had never been apart. The healthiest of the two put her arm around her twin. The parents, startled, were able to capture this moment and posted it on their Instagram page ‘Momo Twin Experience’.
‘After all the difficult weeks of keeping them apart, I was so relieved they could be reunited and had an ingrained bond. They both just laid on my chest and snuggled up to each other for a while. Everything was perfect – we finally felt like a family,’ concluded the mother.
Take a look at the video above to see the beautiful moment for yourself...