My identical twins Sonny and Freddie were born at 28 weeks on 27th September 2015.
I had had a very complicated pregnancy.
After being diagnosed with Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome at 17 weeks I needed emergency surgery to split my placenta. The surgery would allow my babies to get equal amounts from my placenta, which because it wasn’t working properly my twins would not have survived unless I allowed the risky surgery to happen.
Following the surgery I was told the babies may come early as I had a premature rupture of my waters, but I was not prepared when at 28 weeks I was diagnosed with an infection and within 2 hours the c-section was happening!
The boys were born, Sonny weighing 1lb 13oz and Freddie weighing 1lb 5oz. From the beginning they were fighting to stay with us.
After 64 days Sonny was discharged home weighing just 4lb 12os and on constant oxygen – we had our first boy home!
Freddie suffered from NEC, a life threatening bowel condition, and underwent emergency surgery at six weeks, followed by further surgery a week after. The week before Christmas we were dealt the blow that he wouldn’t be coming home and in fact could be still in hospital for Spring as they couldn’t be sure when his reversal surgery would be.
Christmas Day 2015 – we woke up at home with Sonny. From there we spent the day in NICU with Freddie. We were able to get some pictures of them together, but leaving Freddie behind at the hospital on Christmas Day still goes down as one of the hardest things I have ever done.
Freddie had his reversal and closure surgery on 6th January and after 126 days was finally discharged home to be with us all on 30th January.
I now have two healthy active lovely boys and cannot wait to spend our first Christmas as a family of four!
To anyone going through a stay in NICU this year,just try to stay positive and hopeful that by next Christmas you will be in a totally different place. Our little babies are such fighters and a lot of the time are so much stronger than we can ever realise.
I wish you all a merry Christmas.
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