Doctors tried to kill Gabriel Jones for the sake of his twin, but, by God's grace, the unborn boy survived.
Gabriel and his brother, Ieuan, are thriving at home in Stoke, England, seven months after their births, according to the Daily Mail, a British newspaper.
Twenty weeks into pregnancy, Mark and Rebecca Jones learned from doctors there were serious health problems with one of their twins: He was half the size of his brother; his heart was three times its normal size; and it appeared he would have a heart attack or stroke while still in the womb.
Doctors urged the Joneses to permit them to end Gabriel's life in order to protect Ieuan, the Daily Mail reported. The parents agreed. The doctors first sought to cut Gabriel's umbilical cord at 25 weeks' gestation, but they were unable to do so because of the cord's strength. Next, they cut the placenta in two, so Gabriel's death would not affect Ieuan. Gabriel refused to die, however.
"When I felt him kicking madly the morning after the operation, I suddenly knew that he was going to hang on," Rebecca Jones said, according to the Daily Mail.
He did. Gabriel survived with his brother for another five weeks, when they both were delivered by cesarean section 31 weeks into the pregnancy. Ieuan weighed 3 pounds, 8 ounces, while Gabriel was only 1 pound, 15 ounces. Now, Ieuan and Gabriel weigh 15 pounds and 12 pounds, 6 ounces, respectively.
"There is such a strong bond between them," their mother told the Daily Mail. "They are always holding hands and if one cries, the other reaches out to comfort him."Doctors tried to break their bond in the womb, but they just proved it couldn't be broken."