Complications forced Holli Gorveatt to deliver one of her twin sons at 23 weeks

By Alex Heigl
Updated October 15, 2015 02:50 PM

undefinedNick and Holli Gorveatt of Washington state are preparing for the birth of their second son, Logan, months after his identical twin brother, Link, was born.

Link (born Sept. 29) and Logan showed signs of a condition in utero called “twin to twin” syndrome, in which one of them draws blood from their sibling, leaving both sick: One becomes bloated and the other becomes weak without enough blood.

Dr. Martin Walker, director of fetal medicine at Evergreen Health Medical Center in Washington state, told ABC that the syndrome is fatal in 90 percent of cases. Though a surgery to treat the pair’s condition was a success, complications forced Walker and the team to deliver Link at just 23 weeks.

Link is so fragile that he cannot eat without specialized help. It’s too dangerous for his parents to pick him up or hold him, so they’re forced to view him in his incubator.

But the good news is that the emergency delivery allowed Logan to remain healthy in utero and give him a better shot at avoiding complications when it came time to deliver him. The team hopes to deliver him at full term, but note that even if they don’t, his odds for survival increase every day he stays in Holli’s womb.

“Logan’s good, so he’s growing a lot and he’s just kicking,” Holli told ABC. “It’s very surreal to be post-partum and pre-partum,” she added.