Woman Has 75-Day Labor to Save Twins

Also: Joanna Krzysztonek did this lying upside down
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2012 7:13 PM CST
Woman Has 75-Day Labor to Save Twins
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(Newser) – It's hard to pick what to emphasize: That Joanna Krzysztonek endured labor for 75 days to save her twins or that she did so lying virtually upside down. Reuters explains: Krzysztonek was supposed to have triplets, but she went into labor in her fifth month. After one baby died, doctors in Poland suggested the awkward lying position to keep contractions in check. It worked, for two and a half months, which didn't faze Krzysztonek a bit.

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"I sighed with relief that there was a chance to keep the pregnancy and to give the babies a chance to be born successfully," she told the news service. She finally gave birth to daughter Iga and son Ignacy, who are expected to leave the hospital soon. As for considering it a 75-day labor: "This procedure—I mean giving birth—has a beginning and an ending," says one of the doctors. "If the first baby was born that means the birth had started." (Read more childbirth stories.)

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