Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Mission Follows Twin Tragedy; Grieving Parents Push for Cure

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Mission Follows Twin Tragedy; Grieving Parents Push for Cure

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Byline: JANINE HILL

FOUR weeks ago, Bec Miller and her husband were awaiting the birth of their identical twins, and their son, Cale, was looking forward to playing with two new brothers.

But a lot can change in four weeks. The family now grieves the loss of Mason and Blake, victims of twin to twin transfusion syndrome.

Bec had never heard of the syndrome until she received the diagnosis 19 weeks into her pregnancy.

TTTS occurs when irregularities in the blood vessels and sometimes uneven sharing of the placenta means one twin grows at the expense of the other.

A "donor" twin may lack the essential nutrients to survive and excess blood can place the "recipient" twin at risk. Although Bec underwent two amniotic fluid reductions to compensate for the imbalances between her twins, they were not enough.

Bec's boys died in utero within days of each other at about 23 weeks' gestation.

She then gave birth at Nambour General Hospital to two little boys she would never take home. …

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