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Double joy after birth trauma

PUBLISHED: 01:17 27 December 2001 | UPDATED: 15:22 03 March 2010

A YOUNG couple have received the perfect festive present after their new-born twins were allowed home in time for Christmas after spending the first days of their lives in a special care baby unit.

A YOUNG couple have received the perfect festive present after their new-born twins were allowed home in time for Christmas after spending the first days of their lives in a special care baby unit.

Pauline and Jude Michael feared the twins would never survive a traumatic birth, when one of the babies turned blue and the other had problems breathing.

Tiny twins Page and Lewis had been in the Special Care Baby Unit at Ipswich Hospital since being born on December 3, but have just been allowed home.

Now there will be one big happy household to enjoy the festivities at the family home in Poppy Close, Ipswich, only three weeks after the twins pulled through a birth troubled with numerous complications.

A relieved and delighted mum said: "We really cannot believe they are here. The little boy started to go blue after the birth and the girl had problems breathing. Oxygen had to be given, they were put on drips and I was terrified because of all the complications.''

The 29-year-old already has three children – Georgina, 12, Christopher, 11 and Tia, 21 months – and it was only when she was seven months pregnant that she discovered she was due to give birth to twins in January.

The two babies showed up on a scan but concern grew about the condition of the girl. Doctors anticipated that she could weigh less than 3lb at birth and they were already worried that her bigger brother was depriving her of the normal nutritional needs while they were in the womb.

She had a scan at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, where doctors said that the twins needed to be induced a month early to ensure they survived.

Page was born weighing 4lbs 10oz and her brother was 4lbs 14oz on December 3. The couple were going to name their daughter after one of the tremendous staff in the Special Care Baby Unit but in the end they said all the staff were so magnificent that it would be unfair to single out one nurse.

''Jude just cannot believe they are here. We are still trying to take it in that they were twins, that they have come home and they are all right. Chocolates and cards are not enough for the staff at the hospital.

''They were working round the clock to look after our twins and they encouraged me to feel part of the process in looking after them. But to see them there in the incubators was scary and I would not want to go through that again.

''Now the babies seem so forward even though they are not supposed to here yet. They are so alert and when they are together they are quiet and stay awake for a long time,'' she said.

The twins were allowed home on December 18, sparking off a flurry of last-minute preparations for a true family Christmas.


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