Identical twins survive surgery in womb

November 9, 2007

British doctors say identical twin boys were born healthy after undergoing surgery while in the womb to treat a life-threatening illness.

The Telegraph newspaper said Thomas and Nathaniel Spence-Hamblin suffered from a condition called twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, which meant blood vessels in their shared placenta were attached to each other.

If left untreated, one baby would have received too much blood while the other would not have had enough.

The surgery was very risky, with at least one fetus failing to survive in most cases, the newspaper said.

The boys, however, were born healthy Sept. 26.

Copyright 2007 by United Press International

Explore further: NASA and Houston hospital work on spacesuit issue

Related Stories

Physics: A fundamental force for future security

February 13, 2014

What is matter? What is energy? What holds matter together? How do the various constituents of the universe interact at the most basic level? Where does the Earth sit in relation to the rest of the universe? Can we predict ...

Eaten Alive: 5-year battle with flesh-eating germ

August 9, 2010

(AP) -- Waking from a fog of anesthesia, Sandy Wilson found she was a patient in one of the hospitals where she worked as a nurse. She remembered having a baby, and being told she had gotten an infection. But nothing could ...

Recommended for you

How the finch changes its tune

August 3, 2015

Like top musicians, songbirds train from a young age to weed out errors and trim variability from their songs, ultimately becoming consistent and reliable performers. But as with human musicians, even the best are not machines. ...

Machine Translates Thoughts into Speech in Real Time

December 21, 2009

( -- By implanting an electrode into the brain of a person with locked-in syndrome, scientists have demonstrated how to wirelessly transmit neural signals to a speech synthesizer. The "thought-to-speech" process ...


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.