Ipswich: Town star Carlos Edwards’s premature twins face lengthy stay in hospital
PUBLISHED: 06:00 12 October 2011 | UPDATED: 09:25 12 October 2011
IPSWICH: Footballer Carlos Edwards’s twin babies are fighting for their life in intensive care and will remain in hospital for several weeks, it emerged today.
The Blues star, who could be jailed on Thursday after admitting driving while disqualified, has been at his wife Denille’s bedside over the last three weeks after complications arose during her pregnancy.
She gave birth prematurely to the tots on Saturday, less than 48 hours before Edwards, 32, appeared before magistrates in Ipswich to plead guilty to getting behind the wheel despite being banned and a second charge of driving without insurance.
A source close to the player said the twins were being cared for by specialist medics at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridgeshire, where they remain in separate incubators.
They weighed just 2lb each at birth. One is believed to be suffering from jaundice.
Mrs Edwards was initially admitted to Ipswich Hospital before being transferred to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and then to the Chelsea and Westminster in London before being rushed to Addenbrooke’s.
Midfielder-cum-defender Edwards was today due to meet with probation officers, who are compiling a report on his circumstances ahead of sentencing tomorrow.
His solicitor is expected to appeal to magistrates not to send him to prison and explain the severe stress the former Sunderland and Luton player has been under.
Edwards, of Century Drive, Kesgrave, was spotted driving his black BMW near Tesco in Kesgrave on September 26 and was stopped and arrested in nearby Dodson Vale.
He had been taking his daughter to Cedarwood Primary School.
His arrest and subsequent charge for driving while disqualified and without insurance came less than three months after he admitted a host of driving offences which earned him 22 points on his licence.
Edwards was given an automatic year-long ban from the roads and £7,000 in fines.
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