Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Every Time I Look at Harper I Know What Summer Would've Looked like, and We Shower Her with Double the Love'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Every Time I Look at Harper I Know What Summer Would've Looked like, and We Shower Her with Double the Love'

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Byline: Katie Dickinson Reporter katie.dickinson@trinitymirror.com @KATIEJDICKINSON

LINDSEY Weightman had two reasons to celebrate after finding out she was pregnant on her 31st birthday.

Her baby joy was doubled weeks later when her first ultrasound picked up not one but two tiny heartbeats.

But Lindsey's world fell apart when doctors told her that the twins had a life-threatening condition and had little chance of both making it to the end of the pregnancy.

The mother-to-be heard there was hope in the shape of a pioneering laser beam operation while her children were still in the womb.

But after what doctors felt was a successful operation, another scan dealt Lindsey and husband Michael a devastating blow - one of their longed-for daughters, Summer, had passed away at just 25 weeks.

Now, Lindsey has led a campaign for landmarks to light up blue today to raise awareness of the condition that claimed her baby's life.

"I found out I was pregnant on my birthday, which was amazing," said student support worker Lindsey, of Ashington, Northumberland.

"Unfortunately I started to have complications, went into hospital and miraculously they said we were having twins.

"We couldn't believe it - we were over the moon."

But at 20 weeks the twins were diagnosed as having twin to twin transfusion syndrome, a disease of the placenta that affects identical twin pregnancies.

The disease affects the blood vessels in the shared placenta which connect the umbilical cords and circulations of the twins.

Lindsey and Michael, 35, travelled to King's College Hospital in London for pioneering keyhole surgery.

The high-risk operation had only a 33% success rate of both surviving but the distraught pair had no choice.

Lindsey said: "That operation was successful and the following day they found two strong heartbeats. …

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