When LaTroya Woolridge found out she was pregnant with twins she never expected they would each be born under two pounds and TWO weeks apart.
On Jan. 17, at just 24 weeks into her pregnancy, LaTroya started experiencing excruciating labor pains. Her husband Arthur out of town, so she drove herself to Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. in Spring, Texas.
“It was the most terrifying experience of my life,” she tells PEOPLE. “It was raining that morning and I wasn’t sure I would even make it to the hospital.”
After arriving at the hospital, she was told she was in active labor. Minutes later, she gave birth to Amara, who immediately began to fight for her life
Amara weighed in at just 1 pound, 3 ounces.
LaTroya said, “Initially, we were told that Amara’s heart tone could not be detected, so when I finally delivered her and saw her feet moving I was filled with joy that she was alive but afraid of what would happen next."
The crazy thing is on Jan. 31st, two weeks after little Amara was born, her brother Arther III entered the world. He weighed in at just 2 pounds, 2 ounces.
According to their doctor, Dr. Samuel, delayed interval twin delivery is very rare, occurring in less than 1 in 1,000 twin births.
“We know that the prayers our family and friends prayed along with us have been answered,” said LaTroya.
The babies are still in the NICU, but the couple says they are “overjoyed” with how far the twins have come. Amara weighs 5 pounds, 4 ounces while Arthur weighs 5 pounds, 11 ounces now.
“We are happier than we have ever been and excited about our parenthood journey,” she says. “We are amazed at the miracle we have watched before our eyes.
LaTroya and Arthur said they “plan to do everything within our power to ensure their twins have a healthy, happy, and successful life.”
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