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Mom gives birth to identical twins 3 days apart in Texas: ‘Very uncommon’

In a rare event, a woman in Texas gave birth to one of her twin daughters while she was still pregnant with the other.

Carmen Martinez, a now-mother of three, welcomed Gabriella (Gabby) Grace Hernandez on March 7 and Isabella Rose Hernandez on March 10 at the Hendrick Health facility in Abilene, Texas, a city in Taylor County.

“Gabby was the first one born at 24 weeks and four days, and Bella was born at 25 weeks, exactly,” Martinez told Fox News Digital in a phone interview.

In a rare event, a woman in Texas gave birth to one of her twin daughters while she was still pregnant with the other.

Carmen Martinez, a now-mother of three, welcomed Gabriella (Gabby) Grace Hernandez on March 7 and Isabella Rose Hernandez on March 10 at the Hendrick Health facility in Abilene, Texas, a city in Taylor County.

“Gabby was the first one born at 24 weeks and four days, and Bella was born at 25 weeks, exactly,” Martinez told Fox News Digital in a phone interview.

Johnny holds one of his daughters while he sits in a chair at the hospital. His girlfriend Carmen looks over the pair from behind the chair.
Carmen Martinez and Johnny Hernandez welcomed twin girls, Gabby and Bella, in March 2022; the girls were born on two different days. (Carmen Martinez)
Ethan holds one of his younger sisters while he sits in a chair at the hospital.
Carmen Martinez’s teenage son, Ethan, has a 15-year gap with his younger sisters, Gabby and Bella, but his mother says he’s wanted to be a big brother for a long time. (Carmen Martinez)

“We didn’t call anybody immediately because we didn’t know what was going to happen,” Martinez told Fox News Digital.

“When we finally called our immediate family and sent a picture of Gabby, everybody was scared because all they saw was a picture of one baby — and they didn’t know what to ask,” she continued.

Members of the Martinez and Hernandez family were baffled to hear that the delivery of Bella was still in progress.

In the days leading up to Bella’s birth, Martinez said she could feel the infant moving around while she rested in her hospital bed.

“Bella was having her own party,” she recalled. “It’s kind of like she had the whole belly to herself, and she was having a good time.”

Carmen Martinez was able to hold both of her twin girls, Gabby and Bella, after the younger twin was safely delivered on March 10, 2022, at Hendrick Health.

Carmen Martinez was able to hold both of her twin girls, Gabby and Bella, after the younger twin was safely delivered on March 10, 2022, at Hendrick Health. (Carmen Martinez)

Bella was born on Hernandez’s 37th birthday at one pound, eight ounces.

Dr. James L. Tadvick, an OB-GYN at Hendrick Health, helped deliver both babies.

“I’ve only seen this one other time in my career. It’s very uncommon,” Tadvick told Fox News Digital, in an email.

Both infants are receiving special care in Abilene while Martinez has returned home and resumed work in Winters, a city in the Runnels County of Texas, which is about 45 minutes away by car.

“We’re just ready for them to come home.”— Carmen Martinez

Martinez said the separation has been hard on her emotionally, as was the necessary home prep to welcome two newborns into the family three months early — but she’s grateful that her twins are doing better.

“Gabby and Bella were given a 30% chance of survival for being so small and so early,” she said. 

“They’re almost three months [old] now. They’re doing good. Gabby’s weighing four pounds, 11 ounces now, and Bella [is] four pounds, eight ounces. So, that’s a big jump from being a pound and a half at birth.”

Carmen holds one of her twin girls from her hospital bed while her boyfriend Johnny looks on.
Carmen Martinez and Johnny Hernandez weren’t sure they should tell their family and friends about their twins’ unusual birth. (Carmen Martinez)
Carmen clutches her twin daughters, Gabby and Bella, close to her chest while she rest in her hospital bed at Hendrick Health.
Gabriella Grace Hernandez and Isabella Rose Hernandez both weighed under two pounds when they were born at 24 weeks (and four days) and 25 weeks, respectively, according to their mom, Carmen Martinez. (Carmen Martinez)

The twins will remain in the NICU for “a little while longer,” so that they can “get stronger and develop their lungs,” Martinez said.

She added, “We’re just ready for them to come home.” 

Martinez said she chose to wait a few months to share her story because she wanted to focus on the new babies’ health. 

Martinez said she hopes her story will help others while also raising awareness about the possibility of delayed births in multiple pregnancies.

Mothers of twins have been reaching out to Martinez to ask her about her experience.

She said she hopes her coming forward will help others while raising awareness about the possibility of delayed births with multiple pregnancies.

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Written by Henry Okafor

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