This mother was told to abort two of her triplets to save the third, but refused. Just look at them now . . .
After nine years trying to conceive, Lynn Seigenberg was delighted to become pregnant following her first cycle of IVF.
She was even more thrilled to find she was carrying triplets. Doctors, however, advised her to abort two of the foetuses to give the third the best chance of life.
But she insisted in keeping all three of her babies – and they were born perfectly healthy.
‘I knew in the end it had to be all or nothing,’ she said. ‘How can you expect a mother to choose which of her children lives or dies?’
Mrs Seigenberg, 30, is a nursery nurse and her husband Leon, 36, is a CCTV operator. They live in Swinton, Manchester.
When she failed to become pregnant, she was diagnosed with polycistic ovary syndrome, one of the leading causes of fertility problems.
Doctors put her on medication to help increase her chances of conceiving but although she had one pregnancy, she miscarried after a few weeks.
Finally, the couple were offered two cycles of IVF on the NHS at St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester.
Mrs Seigenberg had two eggs implanted – and to the couple’s amazement, she immediately became pregnant with identical twin boys and a girl.
‘We had been warned that IVF often isn’t very successful, and we honestly didn’t hold out any hope for the first cycle,’ she said. ‘When I found out not only was I expecting one baby, but three, I was speechless. It seemed like a dream come true – but the doctors didn’t agree.’
She was told she was at risk of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), a life-threatening condition which can occur in identical twins sharing the same placenta.
One twin receives an abnormally high amount of blood and nutrients, which can strain its heart, while the other becomes small and anaemic and may die.
Around 80 per cent of cases of TTS result in the loss of one or more of the babies.
‘She said my body probably wouldn’t cope with carrying three babies at once – and they would fight each other for food and energy. She warned me I could end up with no babies and advised me to abort my twin boys.
‘But my mothering instinct had already kicked in. There was no way I was going to pick and choose which of my babies lived or died.
‘We were terrified all the way through the pregnancy. We didn’t buy anything, not even a babygro, until a few days before I was due to give birth. But amazingly, my pregnancy went perfectly.’
At 33 weeks, Mrs Seigenberg gave birth by caesarean section to Logan and Ethan and their sister Lexie at Liverpool Women’s Hospital. Lexie and Ethan, who both weighed more than 4lb, were allowed home after two weeks. Logan, who was just under 4lb, spent 14 further days in hospital before being allowed home.
Now 17 months old, the triplets have just started at nursery.
Mrs Seigenberg added: ‘I know that I am incredibly lucky to have my babies. They’re inquisitive, happy and healthy. They drive us mad at times, and it’s really hard work, but I wouldn’t change them for the world.
‘They’re a dream come true and I’ve got the family I always longed for. I can’t imagine life without any of them.’