An expectant mother in Kansas received heartbreaking news from doctors.
Brittani McIntire of Hutchinson said she was told that one of her unborn twins may not survive.
However, the family will hold onto a sonogram picture that’s warming hearts.
Brittani McIntire and her husband Ian said they did not plan on having any more children.
“We went in for our 6 week sonogram and they just said there's one heartbeat and here's another," Brittani McIntire said.
From shock to excitement to heartbreak, they said they heard news no parent expects.
One of the babies had a hole in his heart and an abnormal brain. He wasn’t growing as he should, according to doctors.
"He's only weighing nine ounces and his sister is over 2 pounds,” Brittani McIntire said. “His only chance of survival would be heart surgery but they wouldn't do heart surgery because of his brain.”
The family said each appointment only led to more bad news.
Then on Tuesday, doctors captured a special sonogram image.
"We didn't really see much, she said there's his hand and there's her hand and it looks like they're holding hands,” Brittani McIntire said.
Doctors said baby Mason on the left of the photo had his tiny hand wrapped around the finger of his growing twin sister Madilyn.
"Most twins, when she's trying to take pictures and stuff, they're kicking each other and hitting each other and she said without twins, it seems like she was very protective over him,” Brittani McIntire said.
Because Mason may never get to know his twin or family, the family believes it was a special moment of siblings bonding before birth.
The McIntires feel it’s no coincidence.
"We know we have a piece of them together that will last forever and it's special to have,” Ian McIntire said.
“It's just nice with everything going on, I know I'm holding him, I'm carrying him but I just want to be there for him,” Brittani McIntire said. “And she's the only one who can actually be there and holding onto him through it, and so it's comforting to know that if he does pass he won't be alone."
It’s something neither baby has ever been from the second their hearts began beating.
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