For the first time, a woman in Florida has given birth to twins with Down syndrome.
Between 1980 and 2018, the chances of giving birth to twins went up 72%, but it’s still very rare. 33 out of every 1,000 babies born are twins.
When will there be twins? Every three or four births out of every 1,000 are identical twins, but not all of them. So, again, it’s not very often.
At 23, Savannah Combs learned that she was pregnant with twins. She was very happy about the news! She then found out that they both had Down syndrome, which was even more rare.
It was, of course, very sad news. It was clear to Savannah and her husband, Justin Ackerman, that some people would be cruel to her and her babies because they were sick.
But, to Savannah, that’s what makes them so special to her.
‘It’s very, very rare what they have, but they’ve been my little gems,’ she said.
As soon as she finished giving birth to her two daughters, Savannah started posting videos on TikTok about her post-pregnancy journey with them. They quickly gained a lot of fans.
In one of her videos, Savannah said that she was told to have an abortion because her babies wouldn’t be able to make it.
She decided to keep them and give them a chance to fight back, so she kept them.
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“Every time they were alive, they were a blessing to me,” Savannah said.
In the beginning, she didn’t know that they both had Down syndrome. Her husband was away at boot camp at the time.
Savannah was 29 weeks pregnant when she went to the hospital and gave birth to her two daughters. They were born on May 12, 2021, and they are identical twins.
Two months before their due date, the twins arrived. They had to stay in the NICU for a long time before they came home.
Mono di twins are called that because they had their own sacs, but they shared the same placenta, which meant they were going to be the same.
You don’t see that very often.” And then you add Down syndrome on top of that, and it’s like one in two million.”