Canada, Mar. 7: A Canadian brother and sister born at 22 weeks have been named by Guinness as the world’s most premature twins. Adiah and Adrial Nadarajah were born at 126 days, overtaking the previous record of 125 days early set in 2018 by twins in the US state of Iowa.
If the children had been born even 1 hour earlier than 22 weeks, life-saving measures would not have been attempted by the hospital, Guinness says. A full-term pregnancy is usually 40 weeks, making them 18 weeks premature.
Most hospitals do not attempt to save children born before 24 to 26 weeks. But luckily, the couple was able to move to Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, which has a specialist neonatal intensive care unit.
Mrs Rajendram was told that if the children were born even a few minutes before 22 weeks, they would be left to die. Despite heavy bleeding, she said she tried her best to hold the babies in for a few more hours. Less than two hours after entering 22 weeks in the womb, the children were born. They have now lived to be one year old.