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Woman has healthy twins after 75 days in labour

The Polish mother lay upside down for 10 weeks to save the newborns, after a third baby was born prematurely and died.

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A POLISH WOMAN who lay in an upside-down position during 75 days of labour has successfully given birth to twins.

Joanna Krzystonek was originally pregnant with triplets, but one was born prematurely after five months and died.

Doctors then stopped the birth with medication – but advised Krzystonek to lie still with her legs in the air to give the babies the best chance of making it through the full pregnancy, NDTV reports.

Two and a half months later, twins Iga and Ignacy were born successfully. Krzystonek was considered by doctors to be in labour for the full 75 days, the head of Wroclaw obstetrics clinic told Reuters.

“This procedure – I mean giving birth – has a beginning and an ending. If the first baby was born that means the birth had started,” Mariusz Zimmer said.

Krzystonek reportedly had some problems balancing when she first got up from her specialised bed, but is otherwise healthy.

UPI reports that she told journalists: “It was only three months.”

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