A mum has told how medics miraculously saved her unborn twins – by beaming a LASER into her womb.
Solicitor Lynsey Ward, 29, conceived the longed-for babies via IVF after spending two years trying to fall pregnant naturally by her husband, business manager Chris, 31.
Devastatingly, 17 weeks into the pregnancy she was told that the babies were suffering from deadly twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS).
It meant one twin was receiving a higher blood flow than the other, and doctors said the chance of them surviving was slim.
But the couple were handed a lifeline when the twins were offered pioneering surgery: to dissolve the placenta’s blood vessels between them equally – using a LASER.
The delicate procedure has a 33 per cent success rate as one move from either twin in the womb could see the laser beam slice through their limbs.
Amazingly, the pioneering op – captured by husband Chris in a 28-minute video on his phone – was a success.
In April, identical twins Lacie and Elissa were born at 27 weeks, via C-section and now, weighing just under 4.5lb each, are now getting stronger every day in hospital.
Lynsey, of Moulton, Northamptonshire, said: “Knowing the beam could essentially leave our babies as amputees was awful, but the laser was the only choice we had.
“Watching it in action was terrifying, I felt completely helpless watching the beam fall centimetres from my babies’ fingers and feet.
“It was the tensest 40 minutes of my life.”
The procedure was performed by specialist Kypros Nicolaides and watched by 12 medical professionals from around the world.
Dr Nicolaides scanned Lynsey’s belly before beaming the laser into her womb, watching as the white beam sliced through the blood vessels.
Two weeks later, she was told the procedure had been successful – and the laser beam had evened up the blood supply between the twins.
She gave birth via c-section at 27 weeks.
Lynsey said: “When we finally laid eyes on our girls, they were perfect.
“They were tiny and would be in hospital for some time, but Chris and I were so happy they were finally here so we could start being parents.
“Staring at their little fingers, I felt so grateful the laser had been a success.”
She added: “We can’t wait to show our girls Chris’ video when they’re older so we can show them just how miraculous they are – not many children can say a laser beam saved their life.
“Holding our babies after such a scary treatment means everything – we’re so grateful to everyone that worked to save them.”
Now weighing 4.5lb, the couple say both are doing well – and hope they’ll be out of hospital within a few weeks.
They are sharing their story to urge other couples struggling to conceive to ‘keep trying’.
Chris said: “These days, there are so many options for people with fertility issues – if you’d have told me six months ago that a laser beam would save our babies lives I would never have believed it.”
Lynsey added: “And for those expecting twins, I urge you to get regular scans. Things can change so quickly during a pregnancy, so it’s not worth taking any risks.
“When the girls are older we’ll tell them they really are miracles – and we’ve got the scans to prove it.”