Twins: sharing a placenta, one alive @ 24 weeks , other IUFD @ 18 weeks

I am 24 'weeks pregnant , and have just been informed that one of the twins( sharing one placenta) that I was carrying has no fetal heart beat since 18 weeks. The doctor days as they shared a placenta the chances of the other surviving are bleak and I should be induced to deliver both. Whereas I was told by another doctor that they would check my blood count(CBC , PTT etc.) & if the toxins from the non alive twin are not found in the blood I cud carry on with carrying the 2nd baby till he grows further , and as much as possible.
feto maternal specialist also suggested To undergo amniocentesis to check for chromosomal abnormalities and also lung development etc. , in case a pre-mature delivery may be required for the surviving twin. We are still waiting for the results of the amniocentesis in two weeks time.
While I pray , that the tests come out normal as have just heard of complications every time , I wanted to know if anyone has undergone or heard of a similar situation where the surviving twin had chances of survival......!!!

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I am so sorry about your one twin, and that you have such a choice to make. I am hoping the surviving twin can go longer. I don't know anything about the dangers of this situation, but I like the idea of checking your blood for toxins and monitoring things closely. I assume if they are in your surviving twin's blood they would be in yours too, is what they are thinking? Or could they be in his blood and not yours?

At 24 weeks things can still be touch and go, especially with a male who was a multiple. So if they can get you further along that would be good. But at least he's at the point of viability now, when greater than half survive. Every day he can safely stay in the womb from here on out, the better. But if his life's in imminent danger, then he definitely has a chance if delivered now. If they think delivery may need to take place in the next week, I would ask about steroid shots to help his lungs develop. There are two doses given 24 hours apart; they help increase the odds for babies this young. Praying for your other twin!

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Thanks, Courtaney for writing back ... , Doctors cannot check the surviving twins blood , they can only check mine, of course if my blood has the toxins it would be in the surviving baby's too.
Waiting for an update at my next appointment .....pls remember us & keep us in your prayers.

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We had twin to twin complications. I lost my son Dalton at 24 weeks after 3 days in the NICU. We had low expectations for Cody's survival but he made it. There is still hope. You got your baby to 24 weeks. That gives your baby a good start.

I wish you the best. Our situations are similar yet different.

Courtaney is correct about the steroid for the lungs. It will help.

-greg

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Ask about the ttts procedure. Sounds like they are in separate sacks. If so they maybe able to
'disconnect' the one from the placenta and give the other one all of the nutrition etc to thrive. We had mono twins and our dr is one of the prominent docs in country who does the procedure. I so sorry about one baby , you are brave and strong, keep positive. Ask about being in hospital and being monitored hourly. As baby gets
Older 24/7 monitor would be good.

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Hi there, I'm deeply sorry for the loss of your twin. I was pregnant with boy/girl twins and lost my twin daughter at 20 weeks, carried both until my son's water broke and I spiked a fever at 24.4 wks, emergent C section that day. My son was one pound 12 ounces and 12 inches long, he spent 102 days in the NICU. He's now five and is doing well, about to start kindergarten in August. I wish you the best of luck, let me know if you have questions for me.

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I am s0rry ab0ut y0ur l0ss. My dd's twin br0ther died at 21 weeks. I carried them b0th f0r an0ther 10 weeks and then had t0 deliver because 0f pre-eclampsia. My twins were fraternal s0 n0b0dy was c0ncerned ab0ut dd except at first because the chance 0f lab0ur is high - after 2 weeks it dr0ps back t0 n0rmal.
Usually when a identical twin dies the 0ther 0ne dies 0r suffers severe brain damage. This happens usually immediately s0 if the d0ct0rs are right that y0ur baby died 6 weeks ag0 I d0n't kn0w why they w0uld f0rce y0u t0 deliver n0w since if damage is d0ne it has already been d0ne and if n0t then n0t likely waiting l0nger is g0ing the change anything. It just seems silly t0 risk y0ur 0ther baby dying fr0m severe prematurity f0r s0mething that it has lived with f0r the past 6 weeks.

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I have a friend who went through a very similar situation, but that carried quads. She had a set of identical boys and lost one at 18weeks. She was on hospital bedrest and closely monitored but was able to carry the other 3 babies to 32 weeks. Her son, the surviving identical, has some major issues, but it slowly making progress at 2 years old. Although he is very delayed he is the most precious, happy little boy! I hope that helps!

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Thanks to all who replied for the information shared, it has been very helpful.
Please do keep us in prayers , I will keep you updated with the happenings.

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You're in my thoughts and prayers.

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HI my partner was also having twins that was sharing the same placenta and sadly 1 died at 17 weeks she is now 30 weeks pregnant and and the baby is doing well she has been for amnio and 100 of scans and every thing is going well they put it down to twin to twin transfusion syndrome i hope u all the best and keep ur chin up good look

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I am sorry for your loss.... Thinking of you and praying for you... Keep us posted when you can...

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