Story By: William McGee, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
An extremely rare en caul birth has been registered in Brazil with one of two twins being born inside the still-intact amniotic sac.
Such cases occur in fewer than one in 80,000 births.
The twins were born at Sao Donato Hospital in the southern Brazilian municipality of Icara on 8th February.
Caio was born first by caesarean section. Kadu was born four minutes later, and, to the surprise of medical staff, was born inside the preserved amniotic sac, which usually breaks easily at the time of delivery, either by the baby’s movements or by the medics’ handling.
The healthy twins were born at 38 weeks and are doing well. Caio was born weighing 2.7 kilogrammes (6.0 lbs) and measuring 49 centimetres (19.3 in), while his brother was born weighing 2.9 kilogrammes (6.4 lbs) and measuring 48 centimetres (18.9 in).
Parents Sabrina Euzebio de Oliveira and Jones Alves Bauer, who hail from the nearby municipality of Sao Joao do Sul, are delighted with the new arrivals.
A similar event took place, also in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, just three months ago when twins Brayan and Emanuel were born at Santa Catarina Maternity and Children’s Hospital in the municipality of Criciuma with Emanuel born still inside the liquid-filled amniotic sac.
The major difference between this and the latest event is that mum Keila Barbon Henrique gave birth naturally in November.
According to nurse Juliana Berns, who assisted in the latest delivery, en caul births are popularly associated with long life.
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