When Luci Hall and her partner Joseph Barker discovered they were having twin boys they were overjoyed, full of all the excited nervousness that hits first-time parents-to-be.
But their dream soon became a nightmare when doctors told Luci that one twin was getting more nutrition than his brother due to a condition called twin-to-twin transfusion, which causes uneven blood flow.
If that wasn’t bad enough Luci’s waters broke at 20 weeks and four weeks later she gave birth to her boys Charlie and Harvey Barker, they weighed just one pound each and could fit into the palm of her hand.
Doctors gave the couple, from Leeds, England, the heartbreaking news to expect the worst.
“When they were born they were both rushed straight to intensive care, I didn’t get to hold them or see them. Joseph just got to quickly take two photos,” Luci said, as per the Mirror newspaper.
“I couldn’t even get upset about not getting to hold them because I was in shock. I couldn’t quite get my head around what was happening.
“We got to see them three hours later and that’s when it really hit us. They were so tiny, you can’t even imagine a baby that small. It was really frightening.”
The couple couldn’t hold them until they were 4 weeks old and the brothers spent four months in hospital. Doctors kept telling the worried couple to take it hour by hour.
But these strong babies are proving everyone wrong, and are now 15-month-old bouncing bundles of joy.
“They are both little fighters, they proved everyone wrong,” full-time mom Luci said, as per the Mirror.
“Harvey has been readmitted once since then but now they are both home and they’re doing so well. They’re amazing.
“I couldn’t be more proud of Charlie and Harvey, they’re my heroes.”
I couldn’t be happier that these two adorable babies are going from strength to strength, they really are a reminder to us all that we must never give up hope.
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