A woman who has always dreamed of having twins is about to give birth to one live baby and one dead one after one of them died inside her two months ago.
Thaiana Loena Fraga, 29, is pregnant with twins, but she lost one of the babies in her 27th week of pregnancy after undergoing an operation in the city of Campinas, which is located in the south-eastern Brazilian state of Sao Paulo.
The baby’s death was caused by a syndrome called foeto-foetal transfusion syndrome (FFTS).
Foeto-foetal transfusion syndrome (FFTS), also called twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) is a disbalance in the blood supply between the twins. The placenta, which is shared by both the foetuses, allows for disbalances in the blood flow to occur.
One of the foetuses gives blood to the other one, which causes more amniotic fluid, and often, the recipient’s heart cannot handle the overload, which results in either disability or death.
Thaiana said: “The only alternative was surgery, there was a 55 percent chance they would both survive, and I clung to it.”
She had hoped that both twins, who are girls and whose names are Maria Alice and Maria Heloisa, would survive, but after the surgery, the heart of one of the twins stopped beating.
Thaiana added: “Her little heart had already stopped beating, Maria Heloisa had heart failure. We keep both in my belly because the placenta still has a lot of fluid, and it is possible to keep just one alive without risk of infection.
“It is a very delicate situation, I have a live baby and a dead baby in my belly, I am going to meet a living daughter and a lifeless one, I need to be strong because Maria Alice will need me.
“I want to hold Maria Heloisa in my arms, I know that while she is in my belly, she is mine, but at the same time I have to think about her funeral, it is very painful.”
The caesarean section is scheduled for today (25th January).