A video out of China has caught the attention of millions of people worldwide. According to an article in the Daily Mail, Mr. Tao, 28, provided a video that showed his identical daughters fighting with each other in the womb.
The couple, from the city of Yinchuam, were at the doctor’s office for the wife’s prenatal check and Mr. Tao took a video of the ultrasound that showed the two babies in their fourth month seemingly kicking and hitting each other.
When Tao uploaded the footage it went viral and within days had 2.5 million likes.
The two identical girls had a very rare and dangerous pregnancy. They were sharing the same placenta and amniotic sack. In these type of births, referred to as Monoamniotic-Monochorionic or more commonly Mo-Mo pregnancy, there is a 50% chance one of the babies will die after 26 weeks because of the increased risk their umbilical cords will become entangled causing the mother’s blood supply to be cut off for at least one of the babies.
In this instance both the daughters survived because of an emergency c-section after medical staff noticed the heart rate dropping for one of the girls. During surgery they found that parts of their umbilical cords had twisted together. The two girls survived, and were named Cherry and Strawberry, their mother’s favorite fruit.
The story reminds me of two other babies that the Bible said were fighting in the womb, fraternal twin brothers, Esau and Jacob:
22 But the children struggled together within her; and she said, “If it is so, why then am I this way?” So she went to inquire of the Lord. 23 The Lord said to her,
“Two nations are in your womb;
And two peoples will be separated from your body;
And one people shall be stronger than the other;
And the older shall serve the younger.” (Genesis 25:22-23 NASV)
And even at birth, as Esau came out of the womb first, Jacob was clasping his older brother’s foot (Genesis 25:26).
But the prophecy stated that the second-born Jacob would end up the stronger. And in the end Jacob would barter for Esau’s firstborn birth-rite inheritance (Genesis 25:30-34) and steal Esau’s firstborn blessing (Genesis 27:1-29).
Jacob’s progeny would go on to form Israel, while Esau’s descendants would form the nation of Edom.