A baby who died and disappeared in the womb left her twin brother with an “amazing” birthmark that resembled her own ultrasound.
Payelon Givens has a birthmark on his knee shaped like a cashew nut – similar to the shape of his twin sister, Patience, during their 10-week scan.
Mother Kis Levonia Givens, 28, was deeply saddened when doctors revealed that the little patience had died and disappeared after 13 weeks of pregnancy.
Midwives could not find her heartbeat after 11 weeks of worrying that she was growing at a much slower pace than Payelon.
Doctors described it as “disappearing twin syndrome,” a phenomenon in which a fetus absorbs into the body of their mother or brother or sister.
Although she had to grieve for patience, Mrs. Givens from Shreveport, in Louisiana, finds comfort knowing that patience has left her mark – on the leg of her twin brother.
Payelon Givens was born with a birthmark in the same shape as the scan image of his twin sister, Patience, who disappeared into the womb after 12 weeks.
Kis Levonia Givens, 28, was shocked to see that the brown shape on her son Payelon’s leg was strikingly similar to the ultrasound of his twin sister, Patience, during her 10-week scan
Mrs Givens, a mother of four, was deeply saddened when doctors revealed that the little patience had died
Mrs. Givens, a four-year-old mother, said: “When I had given birth, one of the nurses came in and pointed to his birthmark.
“It shocked me, but I was happy and smiled. It was amazing. It is incredible what the human body is capable of.
“It wasn’t strange or strange to me – it was more a” wow “feeling.
‘The birthmark resembles the scan of his brother or sister after 10 weeks. Payelon will always remind that of his twin who didn’t make it. ”
It came as a surprise when Mrs Givens, a clothing designer, heard that she was pregnant with twins last year because she already had four children at home.
When she attended her first midwifery appointment, she was handed two “welcome packages” – she was told that they were for “both babies.”
She assumed the staff member meant that someone was for her two-year-old because no one had said she was expecting twins.
Only after nine weeks did she see two small figures on the screen that she realized that she was about to become a mother of six.
But with the same scan, the midwife discovered that one of the embryos was much smaller and had trouble thriving.
It came as a surprise when Mrs. Givens learned last year that she was pregnant with twins because she already had four children at home, in Shreveport, Louisiana
During a six-week scan, the midwife discovered that one of the embryos, Patience, was much smaller and had trouble thriving. Payelon is depicted at 13 weeks when Patience died
While her heart ached before the miscarriage, Givens gave birth three weeks earlier in January of this year and gave birth to a healthy Payelon (pictured at birth)
WHAT IS THE DISAPPEARANCE OF TWIN SYNDROME?
Vanishing twin syndrome occurs when twins die in the womb and ‘disappear’.
The loss of twins is expected in seven to 40 percent of natural pregnancies, according to the Seattle Children’s Hospital.
The disappearing twin syndrome is believed to prevent between 20 and 30 percent of multiple pregnancies.
It usually occurs in the first trimester and less frequently in later pregnancy.
The cause is unknown, but theories suggest that there are abnormalities in the way the baby is implanted or in the baby’s chromosomes.
The lost baby is usually ‘absorbed’ by the mother. But sometimes the baby is “mummified” and flattened by the pressure of the surviving twins and must be born.
Often the disappeared twin syndrome has no symptoms, but some mothers experience cramps, bleeding, pelvic pain or decreasing hormone levels.
If the twins die in the second or third trimester, there are increased risks for the surviving fetus, including a higher rate of cerebral palsy.
This is due to a complicated process in which blood flow is limited to the brain and causes damage as a result of the death of the other twins.
The surviving twins can be born early or even have a miscarriage if their twins disappeared in the third trimester.
Mrs. Givens said: “When I went to visit at nine weeks, they could only hear one heartbeat. One of the babies became larger than the other.
“He probably got more food than the other baby, so the other baby stopped growing.
“Every time I entered the echoes, the other fetus would be lighter than the baby that survived and grew.
“I went to three or four different pregnancy centers that wanted a different answer, but everyone gave me the same thing.
“I went through 12 scans between two and four months to see different ultrasound technicians and specialists.”
Through her 13-week scan, doctors brought the news that the second small fetus, the size of a plum, had died around 11 weeks.
Givens, who called the lost baby Patience, was told that Patience was no longer visible in scans. The fabric was probably ‘absorbed’ by her brother or sister.
“They called it a” disappearing twin, “Mrs. Givens said. “I cried a lot.
“When they told me what had happened, I read about it every night. I could not believe it. I had so many questions because I had never heard of them.
‘The doctors tried to keep track of things themselves because they do not often get these things. They also tried to find out more about it. ”
The disappearance of twins is relatively common, according to the Seattle Children’s Hospital, in 20 to 30 percent of pregnancies with multiple babies.
It is not clear why the baby disappears in the womb, but it may be due to chromosomal abnormalities.
Mrs. Givens said: “The doctors then said [the foetus] was absorbed. I was deeply sad and surprised at the same time.
“I just broke the family news about having twins, and when they said” we don’t hear a heartbeat, “it was hard to get over it.
Mrs Given said that doctors labeled Patience’s death as “disappearing twins”. Pictured, Payelon
Now that Mrs Givens is enjoying life again as a new mother, she is able to find comfort in the knowledge that Payelon’s sister, Patience, will always be with him
“Every time I stepped into the echoes, they said,” Well, at least you still have that one. ”
While her heart ached for the miscarriage, Givens gave birth at Payelon on January 17 this year.
He was three weeks early – premature birth is a complication for the surviving twins – but was healthy.
Depending on when the disappearing twin died, the surviving twin runs the risk of problems such as cerebral palsy and hypertension.
Mrs. Givens did not give birth to Patience, because the missing baby can sometimes be “mummified” or flattened or attached to the placenta.
Mrs. Givens said: “They sometimes said it [the other twin] could come out like a fetus on the placenta, but it wasn’t. “
To her delight, the midwives pointed to a unique birthmark on his left leg – in the same form as the scan photo of his deceased sister.
Now that Mrs. Givens is enjoying life again as a new mother, she is able to find comfort in knowing that Payelon’s sister, Patience, will always be with him.
Payelon will forever bear the memory of the twins he has never met on his skin – something that Mrs. Givens has described as “incredible.”
Mrs Givens said: ‘Payelon grew faster than a baby his age would normally do.
“He was always very active and healthy and growing.
“He had to come on February 8, but he came early. I’m so happy to have him. I stay up all night and just stare at him. ”