Woman Having Babies from 2 Separate Wombs
Angie Cromer got pregnant -- while she was pregnant.
The Murray, Utah, woman was born with two uteruses. That means her babies will not be twins. They likely will be born a few days apart from two separate pregnancies.
KLS, the NBC affiliate the Salt Lake City, reports the odds of that happening are about one in five million.
Such births are extraordinarily rare, Cromar's obstetrician, Dr. Steve Terry, tells the station.
"Probably less than a hundred so far worldwide have been reported," he says. "So she's a member of a very small elite club."
Terry tells KLS he and Cromar discovered there were two babies while doing an ultrasound.
"Angie and I both had the look of surprise," he tells KLS.
Cromar, 34, was born with what's called didelphys, meaning two uteruses. In a female fetus, the uterus starts out as two small tubes. As the fetus develops, the tubes normally join to create one larger, hollow organ -- the uterus. Sometimes, however, the tubes don't join completely, and, instead, each one develops into a separate cavity.
Cromar, a labor and delivery nurse, tells KLS she knows her condition can result in pre-term labor and/or low birth weight.
"Oh, I'm a little nervous, just because I know what can happen, but I'm really excited," she tells the station.
Although just about 20 weeks along, the babies are creating a buzz in the medical community, Terry tells KLS.
"As far as setting up bleachers and selling tickets, we are not anticipating that, though," he jokes.
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