Two twin girls from County Kilkenny, Ireland were born 87 days apart, the Belfast Telegraph reported Monday, in an unusual medical circumstance that one of their doctors called "probably the first of its kind" for Ireland.
After going into labor four months early, Maria Jones-Elliott gave birth to the first of the twins, Amy, last June. At only 1 lb, 3oz, Amy was put on an incubator while doctors unsuccessfully attempted to induce the other baby girl. The Elliotts decided to wait to give birth to the second twin, Katie, who was born naturally nearly three months later.
Dr Eddie O'Donnell, of Waterford Regional Hospital, said that most mothers deliver twins in quick succession.
"There were cases documented as far back as the 1800s of babies born 40 days apart. Two weeks is the longest I've ever seen," he said.
According to the Daily Mirror, the girls set a Guinness World Record for the “longest interval between the birth of twins.
Their mother Maria described the experience as "achingly bittersweet."
"Amy was fighting for life in an incubator and Katie was struggling to survive in my womb," she said. "It was the hardest three months of our lives. But [my husband] Chris kept saying, ‘Where there’s life there’s hope.’”