A baby boy survived two attempts by doctors to terminate his mother's pregnancy earlier this year, BBC reports.
At 20 weeks, Gabriel Jones was not growing in his mother's womb and doctors at Birmingham Women's Hospital in the U.K. feared continuing the pregnancy would jeopardize the life of his twin brother, Ieuan. Later, at 22 weeks, Gabriel was not moving and doctors said his heart was growing to a dangerous size.
On the advice of doctors, Rebecca and Mark Jones of Straffordshire, U.K., allowed hospital staff on Feb. 13 of this year to sever Gabriel's umbilical cord at 25 weeks to cut off his blood supply.
When that was unsuccessful, the twins placenta was cut in half. The measures had the opposite effect and Gabriel began to grow.
The twins were born in March at 31 weeks by emergency caesarean section. Both were healthy and are now living at home with their parents. At birth, Ieuan weighed 3 pounds, 8 ounces and Gabriel 1-pound, 15-ounces, according to the Daily Mail. At seven months, Ieuan weighs 15-pounds and Gabriel 12-pounds, 6-ounces.