Adiah and Adrial Nadarajah, the most premature twins in the world, have just turned one year old.
Born in Canada at just 22 weeks gestation, they were not expected to survive, but have beaten the odds and thrived. The twins weighed only 330 and 420 grams respectively, making them the lightest twins to ever be born. Guinness World Records (GWR) have recognized this miracle as the “World’s Most Premature Twins”.
Doctors initially gave them no chance of survival and denied them life-sustaining measures, but the twins are now “alive and kicking”.
Since the news about the records broke, many parents, specifically mothers, from around the world have reached out to us to share stories of their own premature babies, and it’s been so special to share our journey with them to encourage them, said the Seremban-born Shakina Rajendram reported The Star.
After a six-month stay in the hospital, the twins were sent home to begin their journey toward health. Adiah has grown to 18 times her birthweight and is a social baby who smiles all day long, according to GWR. She loves chatting with her parents and toys. Adrial has had a few setbacks, including infections and respiratory issues, but he is described as progressing well. Shakina says he is intelligent, attentive, observant, and loves music.
The twins’ incredible journey shows how far medical technology has come in saving the lives of premature babies.
Most hospitals do not attempt to save babies born before 24-26 weeks, but Adiah and Adrial are living proof that it is possible. Their story has given hope to parents of premature babies and has also served as a reminder of the incredible resilience and strength of newborns.
Happy birthday to twins Adiah and Adrial, new record holders for being the most premature twins 👨👩👧👦 pic.twitter.com/X2h5G5EQrZ
— Guinness World Records (@GWR) March 4, 2023
A photo of the twins sitting on a couch next to their Guinness World Records certificate shows Adiah looking surprised, while Adrial appears pensive. Their journey is an inspiring reminder that despite the odds, miracles can happen.
Shakina advises other parents who are in a similar situation with their premature babies to stay resilient and keep their hopes up. She suggests spending as much time as possible with their babies and using affirmative language when speaking to them. Shakina emphasizes that premature babies can hear, recognize their parents’ voices, and feel their affection.
She concludes by urging parents to be their babies’ advocates, as they are the ones who understand their needs the most.
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