Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Great Expectations

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Great Expectations

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Byline: By Barbara Argument

Teenager Sammie Addison was shocked to discover she was pregnant at just 17.

Then came the triple whammy.

She wasn't expecting just one baby ( but three.

Shocked boyfriend David Butters heard the news in a 2am phone call.

"I thought I was dreaming," says the 26-year-old dad who got an instant family.

"It was the biggest surprise ever.

"I wasn't planning to have a kid, let alone be the dad of triplets.

"I just didn't see myself as a kiddie sort of person."

David and Sammie's relationship was only a few months old when the pregnancy test proved positive.

Both of them had multiple births in their family, which helps explain the triplets.

They are a joy - and David says Sammie's the girl for him with both insisting their "little angels" will get a real family upbringing.

Says Sammie: "They are beautiful and we love them to pieces.

"Of course it is hard and sometimes puts a strain on our relationship, but we are determined to battle through for their sakes."

Tiny Lily Sue, Taylor Jean and Lewis were born six weeks premature after an emergency Caesarean on July 24 last year.

Their birth was full of drama.

Sammie was suffering from pre-eclampsia and, in a life-saving bid, the babies needed to be delivered quickly. Three incubators were not available at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, so Sammie was rushed in an ambulance to Scunthorpe while David begged a lift from a relative.

David says he and Sammie were determined to stay together and now live in a flat in Redcar.

"Sammie's family have been brilliant ( especially Nana Jean ( and so have Donna and Eunice the teenage pregnancy workers.

"They helped get Sammie and the babies to hospital in Northallerton and get a grant so I could travel to see them."

David has been a supportive dad from day one, giving up his job as a painter and decorator to help with the babies' care.

He also goes with Sammie to monthly parenting classes at West Redcar School where they meet other teenage mums and dads.

He was there when Sammie went for her first scan and admits to being "gobsmacked" at his first sight of the babies. …

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