VIA| When Brittany Crafton saw the sonogram of her twin boys, she didn’t see the health issues or risks that had prompted doctors to suggest she terminate her pregnancy. All she saw was two baby brothers, holding each other.
As Fox 5 News reports, Crafton’s boys, Chance and Chandler, aren’t just any twins, they are conjoined twins who share a heart and a liver. They also suffer from clubfoot and a dislocated hip.
However, despite the risks of the delivery, Crafton couldn’t consider aborting the babies she saw in the touching sonogram image.
“How could you do something to two little babies, just looking like they’re hugging each other?” said Crafton, who says that her first impression on seeing the sonogram erased any thoughts about their disability. “I didn’t see, ‘oh… conjoined [twins].’ I didn’t think about that. I saw two little babies.”
The babies are scheduled to be delivered by C-Section on November 9th, and doctors say there is a good chance that the babies will survive.
“What makes this case special, is that the heart the twins share is quite normal and has been functioning very well for them,” said Dr. Paul Browne of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Georgia Regents University and Health System. “So, we believe it will continue to function well after the delivery.”
Because the twins share one functioning heart, doctors say there is no chance of them being separated without a donor heart.
With two babies to prepare for, Crafton isn’t thinking about the possibility of additional surgeries. A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for Crafton and the twins, who will need expensive medical help and baby supplies once they are born.
The excited mom-to-be will consider separation and any other procedures, “If the time comes for that.” For now however, she says, “I just want them to get here.”