Hamooda and her family were struck with another tragedy after learning that their other twin, Jad, has spinal problems. Without proper medical attention, his mobility would be seriously impacted.
"I was in good health during my pregnancy, and my babies were well,” Hamooda says while sobbing.
Hamooda's family are poor, their economic situation has been made worse by years of ongoing conflict. Her husband works as a security guard in a bank with a very small salary.
Hamooda had to sell her jewelry to pay for medical treatment for the two children. She is worried about the quality of services provided in government hospitals so is hesitant to take her children there. With her husband working during the day she is often unable to access routine medical checkups for her family.
In Yemen an estimated 360,000 children under 5 years of age are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Health systems teeter on the brink of collapse. Mobile medical teams have become a lifeline for communities unable to access healthcare. They travel throughout communities screening children for malnutrition and referring them for urgent medical care.
"Malnutrition is a serious disease. Children suffer amidst a lack of awareness in the community. However, (we use these opportunities) to communicate this to mothers," says Dr. Nadia al-Asbahi, a volunteer supervisor at the Gaza Medical Complex who helps mobilize these roving teams.