Sammi, A 29-year-old mom in Melbourne, Australia, originally thought she was having twins, until an ultrasound showed she was actually having identical triplets. Although she was shocked, she also thought it was very special because identical triplets are very rare. Then, at one of her scans, her doctors suggested that she should abort her smallest baby, because he was under-developed and could cause harm to her other two babies.
Baby Thomas was not getting enough access to Sammi’s placenta, making him unable to get the nutrients, blood and oxygen he desperately needed to grow and develop. To help Sammi really understand who was getting what from her, the doctors did something fascinating. They dyed Sammi’s placenta three different colors to show her exactly how much each of her babies were getting from her. As you can see in the picture below, Thomas (yellow) was receiving much less than his brothers.
WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE.
Sammi decided not to take the doctor’s advice and all three of her babies were born healthy. Thomas turned out to be smaller than his brothers, Geoffry and Hunter, but he was labeled a miracle baby since the doctor who delivered him said “he shouldn’t be alive.”
So, how did the picture of Sammi’s placenta get noticed? She shared it on her Facebook page and it received a lot of attention. Alongside the picture she wrote, “I thought I would share this picture with all of you guys as it’s something we as mums don’t really ever get to see and this is our babies lifeline when inside us it’s pretty amazing to think that was keeping them alive.”
Wow, what a miracle…
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