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Twins born one month apart

A mother was yesterday celebrating the birth of her second twin almost a month after the first was born 14 weeks prematurely. In what is believed to be the biggest delivery time gap between twins in British history, Sandra Beveridge gave birth to her daughter, Chloe, on Sunday, June 11. The girl was some way behind her brother, Edward, who was born on May 14, weighing just 1lb 12oz.

Although twins being born so far apart is not unprecedented, a spokeswoman for the Royal College of Midwives said she had no experience of a case with such a time gap between delivery. Generally when a woman begins delivering twins, the uterus contracts and expels both babies. But, because of Edward's tiny size, the uterus did not close fully and Chloe was left in the womb.

The biggest delay recorded by the Royal College of Midwives between the birth of twins in Britain is 10 days and doctors at Edinburgh's Simpson memorial maternity pavilion expected Ms Beveridge to give birth to her daughter within a few days. They sent her home to Livingston, West Lothian, to rest, and on Sunday doctors - fearing infection from Edward's placenta, which was still in the womb - performed a caesarean section. A hospital spokeswoman said Chloe and her mother were "stable".

The world record for difference in twins' birth dates lies with US mother Peggy Lynn who had her babies 84 days apart in 1995 and 1996.