ADORABLE EIDA & MILA Mir­a­cle sis­ters who beat odds

Sunday Mail - - NEWS - KA­T­RINA STOKES HEALTH REPORTER

THE fate of Eida and Mila McKen­zie was al­ways in­ter­twined. It was also al­most fa­tal. The iden­ti­cal twin sis­ters nearly didn’t make it, the vic­tims of a rare, in-utero con­di­tion in which Mila drew blood sup­ply and vi­tal nu­tri­ents away from her sis­ter. It is called twin-to-twin trans­fu­sion syn­drome and only hi-tech laser, key­hole surgery could save them. With­out it, there was a 90 per cent chance they would die. Mum Olivia ad­mits “we were afraid they wouldn’t be here to­day’’. So pre­car­i­ous were the twins’ prospects, Olivia has told the Sun­day Mail she and part­ner Janni didn’t even pre­pare a room for the girls or buy a pram un­til the very last minute.

“Know­ing the odds, we were so fright­ened,” she said.

Eida and Mila’s touch-andgo story be­gan at just 19 weeks ges­ta­tion in­side the womb.

“We were both re­ally look­ing for­ward to the 19-week scan be­cause we were find­ing out their gen­ders but that quickly turned into a night­mare ba­si­cally,” Olivia re­called, of her nerve-rack­ing preg­nancy.

“They (the doc­tors) did the scan and then we were taken away in to more pri­vate rooms and the doc­tor told us the se­ri­ous con­di­tion that they (the twins) were both in.”

Dr Peter Muller, di­rec­tor of the Women’s and Chil­dren’s Ma­ter­nal Fe­tal Medicine Ser­vice, ex­plained to the cou­ple that Olivia needed ur­gent laser surgery in the womb to di­vide the twins’ shared pla­centa and save both their lives.

“At that point, Dr Muller said he was ‘cau­tiously op­ti­mistic’ about their chances – I don’t think he could give us any hard statis­tics,” Olivia, of Step­ney, said.

“He did tell us, if we did noth­ing, chances of it be­ing fa­tal would be 90 per cent.

“We knew we had to do some­thing – if we did noth­ing, then it would have been aw­ful.”

Still in shock, the next day Olivia flew to Bris­bane’s Mater

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