Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Winner :Jenny Thirlaway

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Winner :Jenny Thirlaway

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AFTER giving up the job she loved to keep her family together through the most difficult years of their lives, Jenny Thirlaway is our Mum in a Million.

The incredible mum-of-two has been crowned the Chronicle's Mum of the Year 2012 after judges were blown away by her towering strength in the face of overwhelming adversity.

Jenny and husband Scott, who had been trying for children for three years, were overjoyed when they discovered she was pregnant with twins in April 2008 after courses of IVF.

But her pregnancy was marred with difficulties and Jenny, 40, was told son Jack was too small and may not survive.

Jenny, who worked as a senior midwife, went into premature labour at 34 weeks and Jack was whisked off to the special care unit in Newcastle's RVI with breathing problems.

To the couple's delight Jack wasn't away from them long and recovered well.

But, after Jenny got her son back in her arms, twin daughter Molly started fitting and doctors discovered she had meningitis.

The couple were thrown into turmoil once again as doctors battled to save Molly's life. She was just four days old.

Doctors carried out a lubar puncture and Molly had to stay in hospital over Christmas. Jenny spent her time between her healthy son at home and her poorly baby girl.

"It was horrible, one of the worst times of my life," said Jenny.

Then just as things started to look up for the young family and Molly returned home, Scott was rushed to hospital and later diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

Once again Jenny was thrown into turmoil as Scott underwent chemotherapy, radiotherapy and two bone marrow transplants.

As well as looking after Scott, Jenny also had to handle the twins who were in hospital with bronchitis before Molly was forced to undergo operations on her brain as a result of her brush with meningitis.

Molly also now suffers from a form of cerebral palsy down her right-hand side and is only now beginning to walk at the age of three.

But it has been Jenny, who gave up her work to look after her family, who held everyone together through what she described as "the worst time" of their lives. …

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