(NEWSER) – When the McIntire family in Hutchinson, Kan., got the surprising news they were expecting twins, their elation quickly turned to grief as they learned that one twin, the boy, weighed only 9 ounces compared to his sister's two pounds, and that he had a hole in his heart and an abnormal brain.

"His only chance of survival would be heart surgery but they wouldn't do heart surgery on him because of his brain," mother Brittani tells KWCH. Then came a piece of comfort: a touching sonogram image of unborn twins Madilyn and Mason appearing to hold hands. "Most twins, when she's trying to take pictures and stuff, they're kicking each other and hitting each other and she said with our twins it seems like she was very protective over him," she says.

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