Twin sisters Makayla and Makenzie Pope each weighed just over 1lb when they arrived at 22 weeks and three days, on 8 December 2019.
Their mother, Tracey Hernandez, told [media] Metro News how she started to feel"uncomfortable" when she was out Christmas shopping on thetwins' premature arrival date.
Just a few hours later she found herself in labour, 18 weeks early, nervous and scared that the twins would be delivered stillborn.
Recalling the experience, Tracey said: "When I went into labour they told me the survival rate for them was 0%. They said that babies born at less than 23 weeks just don't make it."
However, Makayla and Makenzie Pope were born alive and breathing meaning doctors from Duke University Hospital in North Carolina had to help the little fighters.
Their mother recalled the relief she felt at the time, saying: "They were only able to help them survive because they both came out breathing on their own. If they had struggled to breathe the doctors said they wouldn't have been able to resuscitate.
However, it is currently legal in Great Britain to abort unborn babies up to 24 weeks, or up to birth if doctors believe the baby will be born with a disability.
A spokesperson for Right To Life UK Catherine Robinson said: "It has been over a decade since abortion time limits were last debated fully in Parliament, in 2008. Since then the survival rate for premature babies has doubled. Our current abortion time limit, at 24 weeks, is way out of line with medical breakthroughs and the rest of Europe where the most common abortion time limit is 12 weeks,making time limits an issue Parliament should urgently revisit."
Makayla and Makenzie have entered the history books as the world's second most premature babies to ever survive.
[TBC: The twins were born at a Durham, North Carolina hospital, but this story originated in a UK daily.]