Twin Survives Multiple Abortion Attempts, Refuses to Die

Miracles happen all around us, we just have to stop and pay attention.

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Daily Mail UK | Lucy Laing | Nov. 3, 2007

They say twins share a strong bond – but the one between Gabriel and Ieuan Jones was unbreakable. When doctors found that Gabriel was weaker than his brother, with an enlarged heart,and believed he was going to die in the womb, his mother Rebecca Jones had to make a heartbreaking decision.

Doctors told her his death could cause his twin brother to die too before they were born, and that it would be better to end Gabriel’s suffering sooner rather than later. Mrs Jones decided to let doctors operate to terminate Gabriel’s life.

Firstly they tried to sever his umbilical cord to cut off his blood supply, but the cord was too strong. They then cut Mrs Jones’s placenta in half so that when Gabriel died, it would not affect his twin brother.

But after the operation which was meant to end his life, tiny Gabriel had other ideas. Although he weighed less than a pound, he put up such a fight for survival that doctors called him Rocky.

Astonishingly, he managed to carry on living in his mother’s womb for another five weeks – until the babies were delivered by caesarean section.

Now he and Ieuan are back at home in Stoke – and are so close they are always holding each other’s hand. [Both babies are perfectly healthy and doing great.]

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Comments

  1. I did a media search on the topic and mother mentioned in this article and it seems to be a hoax- the Daily Mail (a notorious UK tabloid) is the only original news source that mentioned this story, making it very suspect. Also dubious are the claims that the umbilical cord was “too tough to sever”- are they kidding? Is this baby now crawling around with a yard-long belly button, dragging a dried-up placenta behind him, because the cord was “too tough to sever”? :)
    Also, damaging a shared placenta would imperil the lives of both twins, not just one. I think we can safely sign this one off to our hasty acceptance of another abortion “horror story”.

  2. It “seems to be a hoax” is not an objective evaluation standard. Neither is the phrase “is the only original news source” for this story. If there is confirmation from a couple of independent and unbiased sources that this story is a hoax and the additional facts/information are presented, I would be more than happy to take down the story.

    There have been many other instances in the past when even stranger and more violent abortion attempts resulted in the child miraculously surviving:
    http://members.tripod.com/~joseromia/survivors.html
    http://news.softpedia.com/news/50-Babies-a-Year-Survive-Botched-Abortions-13514.shtml
    http://www.medindia.com/news/view_news_main.asp?str=2&x=20178

  3. Jim Holman says:

    There was an article related to the birth in the family’s local paper, The Sentinel, on October 30:

    More than £4,500 has been raised by the parents of “miracle” twin baby boys, to say thank you to a hospital ward.Rebecca and Mark Jones, of Lightwood, asked friends and family to help support the neo-natal unit at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire after staff looked after their sons.

    Gabriel and Ieuan Jones were born weighing 1lb 15oz and 3lb 8oz, a month after the placenta was separated by laser while the pair were still in the womb at 26 weeks.

    http://www.thesentinel.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=158338&command=displayContent&sourceNode=158321&contentPK=18813010&moduleName=InternalSearch&formname=sidebarsearch

    No info about the umbilical cord, but at least the family is real.

  4. Jim Holman says:

    Here is a video link:

    http://www.brightcove.tv/title.jsp?title=1114191272

    Again, not much information, but you can see the little fellows in the hospital.