Many couples get married in hopes of having a baby and starting a family one day. To them, this is the culmination of many years of love and commitment. For some couples, though, their pregnancy journey doesn’t go quite as expected. Modern medical technology certainly helps to keep babies and expecting mothers safe, but sometimes it takes a little bit of luck as well.
Take the Hansen family for instance. Just when they thought everything was going well, things took a crazy, unexpected turn after a routine visit at the doctor’s office. Just a warning as you click through — you’ll want to have the tissues ready!
Years of Waiting
Lisa and Darren Hansen were a young, recently married couple living in British Columbia, Canada. By most accounts, they were living the dream! Unfortunately, they struggled to get pregnant. After three hard years of trying, they were finally successful! Plus, much to their surprise, they were having two twin girls!
The Hansen’s doctor referred them to Women’s Hospital in Vancouver so that Lisa could be evaluated by a specialist. The couple waited with bated breath to find out what the “abnormality” their normal doctor found on the original ultrasound! Unfortunately, they had to go to several follow-up appointments before the medical team could figure out what was really going on!
Finally, the doctors revealed that Lisa was having monochorionic-monoamniotic twins! This is an incredibly rare condition that results in two fetuses sharing one amniotic sac. This happens when a fertilized egg implants in a woman’s uterus BEFORE it splits into twins. This is super rare, so Lisa and Darren decided to share their journey with the world.
The couple were immediately told that their pregnancy was considered “high risk” because of the immense pressure Lisa’s body was going to be under. They were given the option to abort, but decided against it. This made their situation even rarer! Most couples in this situation elect to end the pregnancy for the safety of everyone involved.