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PostSubject: 'Little and large' twins survive   Thu Sep 20, 2007 11:48 pm

Two premature identical twins, one born only a third the size of his brother, have beaten huge odds to survive.





Byron was three times the size of Lincoln at birth.



Lincoln Ryman weighed just 1lb 2oz (530g) when he was born 11 weeks
early along with his big brother, Byron, who weighed 3lb 6oz (1.5kg).



Doctors at the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney intervened to deliver
the boys when they discovered a relatively rare pregnancy complication.




Blood was flowing from Lincoln to Byron, putting both in danger.



Their mother, Nicole, was told to prepare for the worst when it was
decided the best option would be for her to deliver the boys in the
29th week of her pregnancy.



Doctors gave Lincoln a one in three chance of survival because he was so small.



Despite his very low weight and needing heart surgery after he was born, Lincoln is now thriving, as is his brother.



Poor survival chances



Nicole and her husband Todd, who conceived through IVF, said their first weeks of parenthood had been nerve-racking.



Mrs Ryman said: "We've been on top of the world because we didn't think we were going to have them both.



"We've had a few scares on the way but they are pretty well going
forward now and I know I'm going to be able to take them both home."



She is expected to take Byron home at the end of next week. Lincoln
will stay in the hospital's newborn intensive care unit for another
month.



Dr Parag Misha, who has been looking after the twins, said about
Lincoln: "The chance of survival I gave him was less than 30% because
he was so small.



"Hopefully he will soon start gaining weight much more quickly and get nearer and nearer his brother.
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