- Publish Date
- Friday, 19 February 2016, 10:12AM
A sonogram has captured a heartbreaking moment a dying twin took hold of his sister's hand in the womb.
Ian and Brittani McIntire, from Hutchinson, Kansas, had been delighted to discover they were going to have two new additions to the family after Brittani fell pregnant with twins.
But their joy soon turned to sorrow after the learned that one of their babies was not going to survive, Pix 11 reports.
During their six week sonogram, the McIntre's learned that their twin boy Mason had a hole in his heart and an abnormal brain.
At just nine ounces, he weighed less a third than his sister Madilyn who at 2lbs was growing at a healthier rate.
The family were attempting to come to terms with the upsetting news when medics noticed something else in the sonogram - the babies were holding hands.
Tiny Mason had his hand grasped tightly in his sister's
Ms McIntire said "I know I'm holding him, I'm carrying him but... she's the only one who can actually be there and is holding onto him... so it's comforting to know that if he does pass, he won't be alone."