Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Twins' Plight Spurs Lindsey on to Raise Cash for Baby Unit

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Twins' Plight Spurs Lindsey on to Raise Cash for Baby Unit

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Byline: James Cain Reporter james.cain@trinitymirror.com

THE mum of twins born 12 weeks premature has told how the hours after her sons were born were the scariest moments of her life Andrea and Colin Breckon were delighted when they discovered that Andrea was pregnant with twins following a successful course of IVF treatment.

But events took a dramatic turn when, just 27 weeks into her pregnancy, things started to go wrong.

"Up until then, every test had came back fine," said Andrea, 39.

"Everything was fine, they were both growing at a rate of a single pregnancy. Nothing showed up that raised any concerns."

But then, as the third trimester approached, some troubling signs began to emerge.

"At 27-plus weeks I got a little bit of blood pressure," said Andrea who lives in Linthorpe, Middlesbrough.

"I had a lot of swelling in my legs so the midwife said she was going to see me more regularly."

Then on October 12, Andrea began to feel unwell. "The Monday before I had them, I was admitted to James Cook University Hospital where they monitored me overnight," she said.

"Then, on Sunday, my waters started to break. It was very, very early, nobody could pinpoint what was wrong. It was scary - we just didn't know what was happening.

"It was found that I had a streptococcus B blood infection, that's what brought the early delivery on. It had spread to my placenta."

Andrea was rushed into theatre for an emergency Caesarian section on October 15.

The twins, Ted and Oscar, were delivered weighing just 2lb 12oz and 2lb 7oz - both were immediately rushed to the neonatal intensive care unit. It was the beginning of along wait for the new mum and dad, 45-yearold Colin, a self-employed builder.

Colin was at work when the twins were born and after he got to the hospital, he and Andrea had to wait eight hours before they even saw their babies.

"It was the scariest thing - we didn't know what state they were in or how well they were," said Andrea. …

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