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      Miracle at MGH

      Parents Shane and Sarah Reinfelder got to hold their newborn twins for the first time on Friday; a special moment because it's a miracle little Valerie Marie and Kaylin Joy are even here.

      "Most women are born with one uterus," explained OB/GYN Dr. Connie Hedmark. "Sarah was born with two, and that's a very unusual situation in the first place. So the chances of getting pregnant and then having a pregnancy in each uterus becomes exceedingly rare."

      So rare that there's been only three other reported cases in the world. Sarah found out about the extra uterus after having a miscarriage a couple years ago.

      The Reinfelder's also have a 10-month-old son named William. Sarah says her condition made that pregnancy hard, but a few months after William's birth, she was in for the shock of a lifetime.

      "They told me 'Your birth control isn't working; guess what? You're pregnant!'" said Sarah. "I was like okay, and then they did the ultrasound and said, 'Guess what? You're pregnant twice!' and that's when I almost wet my pants."

      After they were delivered by caesarian section Thursday afternoon, the babies were brought to the NICU. Since they were born seven weeks early, Valerie and Kaylin have premature lungs. Doctors say it's common for premature babies to be underdeveloped, and they're confident Valerie and Kaylin, both around four pounds, will be just fine.

      "At 33 weeks those babies will do really well," said OB/GYN Dr. Breanna Pond. "They did receive steroids which helps lung development and they'll receive everything in the NICU as well to help get them to develop along like they had been in utero."

      As for Shane and Sarah, the reality of their medical miracle is starting to set in.

      "I'm so excited," Sarah said. "I couldn't sleep at all last night. I was just thinking about the girls and how I was so happy they were healthy because nobody really knew what to expect."

      "It's still setting in here," said Shane. "It's like okay, they're here. Now what?"

      The babies will spend the next three weeks in the NICU. After that, the Reinfelders say it's back home to Sault Ste. Marie, where the adventure of raising three small children can begin.