Sunday Smile: Doctors successfully operate on twins in the womb after discovering serious medical condition

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From Daily Mail: A set of twins has survived thanks to groundbreaking in-the-womb surgery.

Jake and Oli Whettingsteel were never expected to make it after their first ultrasound at 12 weeks showed one of the boys was feeding from a single blood vessel. They were suffering from rare twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) where blood flows abnormally between the babies – meaning Jake received all the nutrients while Oli was being starved.

A generation ago, there would have been no options for their parents Ben, 34, and Jane, 33. But surgeons atSt George’s Hospital, London, defied expectations by performing a laser operation to separate the boys’ blood vessels at 17 weeks – while they were still in Jane’s uterus.

Even with the operation, there is just a 50 percent chance that both would make it to the birth. However, the pregnancy continued smoothly, and at 29 weeks both boys were…

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