Ipswich: Town star’s premature twins home at last

IPSWICH: After a traumatic six weeks, Blues star Carlos Edwards and his family are today celebrating the homecoming of their tiny twins.

The Ipswich Town midfielder ended up in court after being caught driving while disqualified on his way to be at his wife’s bedside in hospital. His wife Denille had developed complications in her pregnancy before the couple’s children were born prematurely on October 8.

The tiny tots, who weighed just 2lbs at birth, were rushed to intensive care at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge where they fought bravely for their young lives.

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.

Today the Town ace thanked all those who have helped care for his wife and babies at each of the hospitals.

“It’s been a difficult time and it’s marvellous that the twins are home,” he said. “They are still very small but progress is being made all the time.

“We’d like to thank people for their good wishes and, of course, the hospital staff.”

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Appearing at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court in Ipswich just 48 hours after the birth of the twins, Edwards, of Century Drive, Kesgrave, admitted getting behind the wheel while banned and a second of driving without insurance.

The 32-year-old had been warned he would face a custodial sentence.

However he was punished by way of a 12-week jail term suspended for a year, ordered to complete 200 hours’ community service and fined �2,500.

Magistrates also extended his one-year driving ban, imposed for previous offences, by 18 months.

Speaking after the verdict Edwards told The Evening Star: “There were concerns over the health of my wife Denille and the twins when the incident took place and I wasn’t thinking straight at the time but it was a massive error of judgement on my part.”

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