Mom's Tooth Infection Saves Twins

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    Lawton was forced into labor at 24 weeks because of the infected tooth.

    A western Pennsylvania woman says her abscessed tooth helped her safely deliver identical twin girls who had a dangerous prenatal condition.

    Lauren Lawton, of Bridgeville, tells WPXI that her twin daughters, Mackenzie and Anna, had a rare condition in which they shared a placenta.

    That means one of the girls was getting too much blood and the other not enough- a condition that can lead to birth defects or death.

    Instead, Lawton was forced into labor at 24 weeks because of the infected tooth- which also kept the negative effects from the shared placenta from developing fully.

    The girls weighed about a pound each when they were delivered by C-section and then needed surgeries to correct open heart valves. Both are now developing normally and 7 months old.