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World record for twin sisters who were born 87 days apart

Twins Katie Jones-Elliot (left) and Amy Jones-Elliot (right) Photo: Family handout

Twins born 87 days apart are to be entered into the Guinness World Records for the longest amount of time inbetween births.

Maria Jones-Elliot went into labour three months early with Amy, who weighed just 1lb 3oz; her sister Katie did not arrive for another 87 days.

Once she had given birth to Amy, Maria's contractions stopped and despite efforts to induce her the following day, Katie remained in the womb.

Amy weighed just 1lb 3oz when she was born on 1st June 2012 Credit: Family handout

Maria was finally induced again at 36 weeks, giving birth to Katie, who weighed 5lb 10oz, after just over an hour.

Having just celebrated Amy's first birthday this weekend, mum Maria said:

I know just how lucky we are to be able to celebrate after everything they've gone through.

My girls are my two little miracles.

They represent the fact that you should never give up hope, no matter how bleak things may seem.

And best of all we get to do the same all over again in 87 days time.

Sisters Katie and Amy on the day that Katie was born, 87 days after her twin sister Credit: Family handout

The 34-year-old, who is also mother to Olivia, 14 and Jack, 11, was not able to see Amy until for the first four days after her birth.

She then had to wait nearly five weeks until she was able to hold her for the first time. She said:

After Amy was born so early I just shut down and focussed.

I had two jobs to do now, being a new mum and being pregnant.

I tried to stay calm and hoped and prayed for Amy. I never let myself go into breakdown mode because I had to be strong for her.

Twin sisters: Katie (left) and Amy (right), Credit: Family handout

Maria's labour was what she describes as "a rare, random thing", she said, "there's no explanation for it."

Second twin Katie will celebrate her first birthday on 27th August.