A woman with two uteruses has given birth to twins in Israel, with one child having developed in each uterus, the Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv announced on Thursday.
The twins had thus only "met" for the first time after birth. The woman was reportedly born with a double uterus, known as uterus didelphys.
In this particular case, one uterus was also divided in the middle, the hospital said. A twin pregnancy is extremely rare under these circumstances. This particular type of pregnancy has a probability of about one in a million.
The 31-year-old woman was closely monitored during the high-risk pregnancy and delivered the twins by caesarean section at 35 weeks.
According to the hospital, the mother said she first learned of her special medical condition when she was 20 years old.
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Long before the pregnancy, she had been afraid "that the baby would grow in the right, smaller uterus."
But then everything turned out differently: "At the first pregnancy check-up, the doctor almost fainted. It took him 10 minutes to tell me that I had an embryo in each uterus."
The pregnancy was accompanied by great worries, the mother said. But, "The twins – a boy and a girl – are cute and great and I'm sure they'll be the best siblings and friends, even though they've only just met."