33-year-old Brooke Myrick and her partner, 31-year-old Michael, were excited to find out they were expecting twins in 2006, but they received earth-shattering news when Brooke was 24 weeks along.
During an ultrasound, the Florence, Alabama, residents were told that one of their babies had died a week earlier. “I buried my head in my hands and cried,” Brooke said. The devastating situation was made even more difficult when she learned that she would have to carry her deceased baby for two more months until she could give birth to the surviving baby.
Their unborn son died from twin to twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), a rare condition which causes one identical twin to receive a higher blood flow than the other. Unfortunately, many babies affected by TTTS don’t survive.