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1. Adelaide couple have non identical twins after IVF in one in a million chance.
Krystal and Luke Findlay via Facebook.
In an event so rare that doctors say the odds are astronomical, a childless Adelaide couple who underwent IVF have given birth to twins — one conceived naturally and one by IVF.
Krystal and Luke Findlay’s son Ethan is a non-identical twin to sister Ava-Rose reports The Advertiser.
Ava-Rose was from an implanted embryo but her twin’s conception was natural.
The couple spent three years trying to conceive. Unfortunately they were unsuccessful in the first transfer but the second cycle produced three embryos. Krystal, 29, was devastated when the first transfer failed and the second embryo did not survive the thawing process.
Ethan and sister Ava-Rose. Via Facebook.
“We were pretty sure the third embryo would be our last attempt as it was taking a heavy toll on Krystal,” Mr Findlay said.
“We were preparing ourselves for a life without children. Then we got the news that Krystal was pregnant, we were delighted.”
They told The Advertiser it was at an ultrasound they heard they were having twins.
Luke, 32 said. “We were in shock and thought the embryo had split and we were having identical twins. But it turns out one of the babies was naturally conceived. Doctors say the odds are astronomical."
“Just to be able to conceive naturally after all we have been through is amazing, but to have it occur in that small window when an embryo was successfully implanted is unbelievable.”
The Advertiser reports that natural conceptions during IVF implant programs are so rare that statistics on their occurrence are not available.
In 2013 a British couple Marie Mellor and Marc Hutchinson had identical twins and a non-identical sibling after having just one IVF egg implanted.
2. Tasmania’s worst floods in 40 years.
Tasmania is facing a natural disaster after the East Coast low that devastated parts of NSW caused widespread flooding.
Authorities are urging residents to stay out of floodwaters and follow evacuation plans after the body of a 75-year-old woman reported missing after her husband was winched to safety from their flooded Latrobe home on Monday was found by police.
Two other people are missing - an 81-year-old man who was swept into the rising Ouse River while feeding sheep in his backyard on Monday, and a man whose car was swept away in Evandale near Launceston on Tuesday.
Conditions are easing but major flood warnings remain for three river systems - Macquarie, Meander and South Esk.
Flooding at South Esk is due to peak overnight but could continue into Wednesday.