Pregnancy & Birth

Mum carries dead baby for three months to save his twin

'My little boy lay on the screen not moving, no little wriggles, no little bubbles, and no heartbeat. That image will never leave my memory.'

The couple with baby oliver
A couple from England have spoken of their heartbreak, after one of their twins died in the womb.
Emma Dutton and her partner Mark Prince were overjoyed when they became pregnant at the end of 2015.
But their joy was shortlived, after doctors discovered the twin boys were showing signs of twin to twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), a condition that's potentially fatal.
Doctors worked to try and save the boys, but when Emma was 20 weeks pregnant, she was told that one of her little boys no longer had a heartbeat.
"My little boy lay on the screen not moving, no little wriggles, no little bubbles, and no heartbeat. That image will never leave my memory," she told The Mirror.
Baby Oliver
To make matters worse, Emma was told that to give the surviving twin the best chance of survival, she would need to continue carrying both children until she was closer to full term.
Heartbreakingly, Emma told the paper that she struggled to enjoy the rest of her pregnancy, and felt terrible to be buying and planning for one, not two babies.
"I just couldn't allow myself to be happy," she said. "It was just an awful situation and the guilt was overwhelming."
In June 2016, Emma welcomed baby Oliver via C-Section. She also delivered his deceased twin, Elijah.
The couple are now raising money for more research into TTTS. You can help their appeal here.