Most of us can relate to our children fighting to grab the best spot on the bed or even on the couch. We also fight with our siblings too when we were young just to get the best space in the house which we called our territory. While many of us have seen children fighting after they were born, it would be mind-boggling to see them fight while in womb, and the video you’re about to see is one of the most unusual sight ever.
As part of a London medical study, Dr. Marisa Taylor-Clarke of the Robert Steiner MR Unit was using a new technology called cinematic-MRI scan, when she caught a very rare activity of unborn twins fighting for space inside the womb!
The whole occurrence was documented using the cinematic-MRI scan which is mainly used to study Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome. This rare medical condition occurs only in identical twins sharing a placenta that contains abnormal blood vessels.
This condition can be life-threatening for twins, because when blood moves from one twin to another it can significantly reduce the supply of blood on the other one. This can result in one twin not growing normally with paleness, anemia and dehydration or even death due to malnourishment. On the other hand the twin that receives more blood may be born larger because he/she gets more nutrients than the other. It has further been claimed that TTTS can also cause stroke or hemorrhage in one or both of the twins’ brains.
Apparently, the footage shows the twins fighting inside pushing for space in their mother’s womb. Well they are not actually literally fighting, they are just moving like normal babies, it’s just they don’t have as much room to move.
“What this lets us do is see their positions in relation to each other and how much space they occupy, and how they might move around and push each other out of the way” Dr. Marisa Taylor-Clarke said.
Watch the amazing video below.
It is so amazing to see such kind of footage, what a beautiful sight to see. Though TTTS may lead to an unfortunate results, let us all hope that through this new technology, researchers will be able to further study the syndrome and learn better ways to prevent and treat it.