When the McIntire family in Hutchinson, Kan., got the surprising news they were expecting twins, their elation quickly turned to grief as they learned that one twin, the boy, weighed only 9 ounces compared to his sister's two pounds, and that he had a hole in his heart and an abnormal brain. "His only chance of survival would be heart surgery but they wouldn't do heart surgery on him because of his brain," mother Brittani tells KWCH. Then came a piece of comfort: a touching sonogram image of unborn twins Madilyn and Mason appearing to hold hands. "Most twins, when she's trying to take pictures and stuff, they're kicking each other and hitting each other and she said with our twins it seems like she was very protective over him," she says.
"I know I'm holding him, I'm carrying him but I just want to be there for him," Brittani adds. "And she's the only one who can actually be there and holding onto him through it, so it's comforting to know that if he does pass he won't be alone." The image, she says, gives the family "a piece of them together ... and it's special to have," while WAAY TV calls the sonogram "worth a thousand words." Meanwhile, eHow notes that it's not actually possible for fraternal twins to hold hands in utero because they are growing in separate amniotic sacs. Still, the McIntires say the image of the hands that are clearly close together "will last forever." (See how it's possible that doctors found a 4-pound fetus, roughly seven months along, in a 92-year-old woman.)