ADORABLE EIDA & MILA Miracle sisters who beat odds
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