Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Unit Has Been "Out of This World"

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Unit Has Been "Out of This World"

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ESTELLA Lawrence-Denholme found herself needing the support of the special care baby unit when her twin daughters Ellie-Mae and Erin were born three months early.

With premature babies normal with multiple births, Estella and husband Iain from South Shields ended up spending eight weeks at the unit supported by staff and the Tiny Lives Trust.

Despite being healthy weights for premature twins, Erin at 2lb 7oz and Ellie-Mae at 2lb 5oz, Ellie-Mae tragically died after being diagnosed with Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a disease infecting the bowel.

Estella, 41, who also has four-year-old daughter Ruby, said: "48 hours after Ellie-Mae died, Erin was diagnosed with the same condition.

"Luckily it was caught in time and when she was two weeks old she had 25cm of her bowel removed.

"The twins were meant to be born on September 15 but they were 12 weeks premature and born on June 27, 2012.

"Despite being so early and my size they were both good weights. …

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