Mom shares amazing photos of premature twins who survived at 22 weeks

‘I am so lucky and I know it’s an absolute miracle. I feel blessed.’

By Paul Smeaton

NORTH CAROLINA, April 29, 2020 — The mother of the world’s second most premature babies to survive life outside the womb has told reporters she feels blessed after doctors suggested that her identical twin daughters had zero chance of surviving.

Makayla and Makenzie, born at 22 weeks and three days, are now three months old and are set to go home for the first time next month. (Picture: Tracey Hernandez/

“I am so lucky and I know it’s an absolute miracle. I feel blessed,” the daughters’ mother, Tracey Hernandez, told The Metro after sharing incredible photos of her children receiving critical care from medics in North Carolina.

Makayla and Makenzie’s planned arrival date was April 9 2020. (Picture: Tracey Hernandez/

“They are a creation of God and I have watched them develop outside the womb,” she said.

The twins are among the earliest babies ever born and were on the boundary for when a life is medically viable when delivered. (Picture: Tracey Hernandez/

Twins Makenzie and Makayla were born at just 22 weeks, with Makenzie weighing less than 1 lb, 1 oz and Makayla 1 lb, 3 oz.

Makenzie and Makalya were born weighing 1lb 1oz and 1lb 3oz and had less than a 10% chance of survival. (Picture: Tracey Hernandez/

Hernandez told reporters: “When I went into labour they told me the survival rate for them was zero per cent. They said that babies born at less than 23 weeks just don’t make it.”

Mother-of-three, Tracey, has spent the last three months in hospital in North Carolina with the twins. (Picture: Tracey Hernandez/

The twins were born on December 8, 2019. After months in the hospital with treatment including back and heart surgery, they are expected to return home soon.

Proud new dad, Anthony Pope, pictured with Makayla and Makenzie. (Picture: Tracey Hernandez/

“They have both amazed me and they continue to amaze me,” Hernandez said. “They are a blessing and I am so proud to call myself their mom.”

Makayla and Makenzie were born exactly four months premature in December last year. (Picture: Tracey Hernandez/

Editor’s note. This appeared at LifeSiteNews and is reposted with permission.

Both Makayla and Makenzie are expected to make a full recovery from their traumatic start to life. (Picture: Tracey Hernandez/
So far the twins have spent 129 days in hospital and are still recovering from their premature arrival into the world. (Picture: Tracey Hernandez/