The most intriguing and beautiful relationship in the world is that of the mother and child. Even before a baby is born, the two develop an unsaid connection. Every mother knows that her child is the most beautiful part of her. Same holds good for Shellie tucker who is a very brave mother. When Shellie Tucker and her husband Greg visited the doctor after 20 weeks of pregnancy they were flooded with a range of emotions. Of course, they were delighted, that they are going to have twins but there was something even more shocking that was coming their way. The twins were conjoined at the chest wall, diaphragm, liver and the membrane around the heart. According to CNN, “The overall survival rate of conjoined twins is between 5% and 25%, with about 75% of surgical separations resulting in at least one twin surviving.” The doctors too advised the couple to terminate the pregnancy. Greg Tucker, the father of the twins said, “We both agreed it wouldn’t be fair to not give them a chance.” The brave couple went ahead with the pregnancy. And through cesarean she gave birth to Amelia and Allison Tucker, her two bundles of joy. We have their story with some beautiful pictures of their life, you are sure to have tears in your eyes by the end of this heart touching story.
This is the x-ray of the co-joined twins, taken 20 weeks after her pregnancy, in 2012.
“[The doctor] said, ‘You’re having twins,’ and my heart dropped. And then she said, ‘I think they’re connected,’ and my heart dropped again,” Shellie told ABC News. “Their recommendation was to terminate.”
A very experienced doctor suggested that the twins may not survive separation and Shellie should abort them, to avoid further complications. “As he was telling me, I could literally feel the girls kicking in my belly and I knew that that wasn’t something possible,” Shellie said.
Shellie sought another opinion from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, they said that the babies would surprise. That one opinion was enough to provide Shellie the confidence to carry on with the pregnancy. After the birth of her babies she was stunned. Shellie said that “I instantly said they were gorgeous. They both held on to my fingers, came out screaming and we knew we made the right choice.”
A 7 hours surgery conducted by 40 doctors was a complete and a much needed success. Greg tucker, the father of the two beautiful girls said that “At the end when the surgeons said they were separate, the weight of the world was off our shoulders.”
The two year olds have no idea of what they have been through, but for their parents it is a milestone imprinted in their minds for the rest of their lives.
Miracles do happen right? What do you think?