Woman Goes Through 75 Days of Labor to Save Her Twins
She Also Had to Lay Upside for Most of Those Days to Save the Premature Babies' Lives After a Third Baby Died
There isn't a Mother's Day card big enough for Joanna Krzysztonek; the Polish woman recently endured 75 days of labor, most of it spent lying upside down, to ensure the safe delivery of her twins.
Krzysztonek gave birth to a girl -- Iga -- and a boy -- Ignacy -- on Feb. 15 in the small southwestern Polish town of Wroclaw, reports Reuters. But a third fetus had died earlier, and Krzysztonek was forced to take drugs to stop contractions … meaning she was in labor the entire time following the first baby's death through Feb. 15, which amounted to 75 days.
Additionally, the upside down position was a gravity issue, another way for doctors to try to prevent her from delivering Iga and Ignacy until the last possible moment, to help them get as strong as possible before being born.
The exhausted, and heroic, mommy's reaction? "I sighed with relief that there was a chance to keep the pregnancy and to give the babies a chance to be born successfully," she told Reuters.
Iga and Ignacy are still in special incubators at the hospital, but Reuters reports they are expected to go home soon. As for their mama, she had trouble maintaining her balance initially, after so much time spent in bed and in the awkward position, but now she is able to hold her newborns every day.
Again … cards, flowers, jewelry, candy … Krzysztonek should be one celebrated mama come Mother's Day.