Twins Adiah and Adrial, the world’s most prematurely born babies, were born 126 days early, overtaking the previous record of 125 days set in 2018.
Born in Ontario, Canada, the twins survived their highly premature birth, given that a full-term pregnancy is usually 40 weeks. This would make these twins around 18 weeks premature.
During her second day of labour – around 21 weeks and six days into her pregnancy – Shakina Rajendram was told that if they were born even a few minutes before 22 weeks, they would not be able to survive.
With a 0% survival chance given by doctors, the twins have now reached their 1st birthday and are reportedly doing just fine.
Most hospitals do not attempt to save children born before 24 to 26 weeks, but the parents were able to move to Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto which boasts a specialist neonatal intensive care unit.
The twins survived despite serious medical issues early on, with their mother saying that they watched their babies almost die in front of their eyes many times.