The 10-week premature babies who pulled through… thanks to brilliant NHS care in three different hospitals
With their bright eyes and cheeky smiles, these twins look like any other babies about to celebrate their first birthday.
It’s is only thanks to the work of staff at three different hospitals that they miraculously survived.
When the tiny tots were born they each weighed around three pounds, and were able to fit into the palms of their dad George’s hands.
Both of them had to be ventilated and suffered from a number of complications.
However, after receiving care at hospitals in Stockport, Tameside and Preston, they pulled through.
“My waters broke during an admission to Tameside just before I reached 30 weeks, and it was the experience of the consultant to make the very wise decision to move me to the nearest hospital with two available NICU (neomatal intensive care unit) beds.” Heather was moved to the Royal Preston, and went into labour the following day.
The twins were delivered by emergency c-section on August 22 last year.
“They were tiny, they fitted in our palms.
No clothes would fit them until they were five weeks old, and even then the premature baby clothes looked big.” Elias had to be on a ventilator for five says and Diana needed a non-invasive form of ventilation to help her breathe.
They spent two weeks at Preston, and then another six weeks being cared for at Stepping Hill, and Heather says she has ‘never appreciated the NHS so much’.