Joanna Krzysztonek had to endure 75 days of labour, and stay lying down 24 hours a day in order to save her unborn babies.
Joanna, 31, was pregnant with triplets when she went into labour at 21 weeks. Her first baby was born prematurely and tragically was too weak to survive. The other two babies were in the same danger – until doctors stepped in to try and delay their delivery.
Doctors gave Joanna medication to stop her contractions and got her to lie on a bed tilted at a 30-degree angle, with her feet pointing upwards, to reduce the risk of contractions starting again.
Joanna was forced to remain in the tilted position 24 hours a day for two and a half months. After 75 days – and what is believed to be the longest labour ever recorded – Joanna gave birth to a healthy girl, Iga, and boy, Ignacy. The two babies were delivered by caesarean at a neo-natal clinic in Wroclaw, Poland. Each weighed just under 4lb.
In December last year, Donna Kelly, 29, from Coventry, spent 10 weeks in a hospital bed tilted at 45-degrees to prevent her suffering a third miscarriage.