Poland's Joanna Krzysztonek lay nearly upside down in a Warsaw hospital for about 75 days in order to bring premature babies Iga and Ignacy into the world. The two were part of a set of triplets, but the first one died just after birth. After the first baby was born, doctors managed to subdue Krzysztonek's contractions, but still needed to keep her in the uncomfortable position to keep the other two babies from being delivered too early and facing the same fate as their sibling.
Compare those 75 days to a typical delivery, which lasts around eight to 12 hours, and the enormity of her ordeal becomes even more clear. Iga and Ignacy were ultimately delivered at 32 weeks, and while they were monitored after birth, docs said they fully expected the newborns to leave the hospital as healthy babies.
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