A mother gives birth to twin boys 22 days apart

A mother in the British city of Manchester gave birth to twins 22 days apart after her placenta unexpectedly exploded.

The mother, who gave birth to her twins three weeks apart - and in two different hospitals - expressed her sadness after only one survived.

Kylie Doyle, from Manchester, was just 22-and-a-half weeks pregnant when her bag of water (placenta) broke and the 22-year-old spent five days under close observation at the Royal Oldham Hospital before giving birth naturally. But her son Arlo did not survive.

Paramedics told Doyle that her second twin was due "within the next two hours", but were puzzled when her contractions stopped. They warned he would likely die. After five days of immobility, Doyle was sent home.

Incredibly, 22 days after Arlo was born, Astro was delivered via caesarean section at nearby St Mary's Hospital and survived against all odds. It weighed two pounds, just less than a 1kg bag of sugar.

Doyle, whose ordeal happened in 2021, believes she holds the record for the longest separate birth of twins in England.

“After the shock of giving birth to my first child, I was devastated when they said I could go home,” she said.

"I was assigned a doctor by a different hospital, and we did daily checkups between deliveries. Every day that passed, he said he really couldn't believe it," she added.

"When Astro arrived, I couldn't believe he had survived that long," Doyle added.

Doyle said she did not experience any complications until she went into labor pain on March 15.

“I was aware of all the risks that come with having twins,” she added. “I even paid for private GP appointments because I was so worried about complications.

“When I got to 22 and a half weeks, I was literally in bed and in the worst pain of my entire life.

“I wasn't sure what was going on, so I went to the toilet downstairs, and my water broke.”

After Arlo was born, weighing just 1.1 pounds (0.5 kg), doctors told Doyle that a blood clot in his placenta was the likely cause.

Doctors say that these blockages can prevent the blood flow that is supplied to the fetus.

According to the baby loss charity Tommy, the risk of premature birth rises from seven to 57 per cent in pregnancies involving more than one fetus.

The chance of survival after 22 weeks - two weeks before the miscarriage is due - is only about 10 percent. Rates exceed 60 per cent at the 24-week mark, according to the Daily Mail.

The NHS says around one in eight pregnancies end in miscarriage, which is medically defined as the loss of a pregnancy within the first 24 weeks.

Other estimates suggest this number is higher because many women in the very early stages of pregnancy may not realize they are expecting a miscarriage.

Doctors do not know the main cause of placental abruption, but smoking, abdominal injury, and high blood pressure increase the risk.