First Christmas at home for miracle twins

Miracle twins who survived an operation inside their mother will be spending their first Christmas at home.

New mum Emma from Northamptonshire was just eight weeks pregnant with twins when doctors discovered she also had an ectopic pregnancy - where a fertilised egg implants in a fallopian tube. Known as an heterotopic pregnancy, the condition is so rare it is virtually unheard of but it can be life threatening.

The only way doctors at University Hospital in Coventry could save Emma was to remove her fallopian tube containing the egg but there was a high risk that the surgery would cause her to miscarry for her much longed for pregnancy.

Emma and her husband Jake had undergone nearly two years of fertility treatment at the Centre for Reproductive Medicine in Coventry and were not giving up hope on their twins.

In a one hour operation surgeons painstakingly performed the risky surgery successfully and Emma was able to continue with her pregnancy.

However, her luck was short lived when further complications developed including a condition known as Twin to Twin Transfusion syndrome (TTTS), which leads to uneven blood flow between the babies, leaving one twin much smaller than the other. While this condition is extremely serious, shortly afterwards another condition which results in less fluid around the twins was also found. Specialist in Fetal Medicine, Dr Mukherjee at University Hospital, Coventry took the difficult decision to deliver the twins three months early in a bid to save their tiny lives.

The twins were named Noah and William and spent three months being cared for on the Neonatal Unit at University Hospital, Coventry. Their mum and dad were at the Neonatal Unit by 6am on Christmas morning to spend the day with the tiny tots before returning home to their Northamptonshire home.

Emma, a school teacher said: “Christmas last year was incredibly hard but considering what the twins had been through we were just thankful for them. This year, they will spend their first Christmas at home and we cannot wait. Having a family is something that is so easy to take for granted, but it didn’t come as easy to us and we are so grateful for the teams at University Hospital for making our Christmas wish come true.”

Consultant Obstetrician and specialist in Fetal Medicine Dr Soma Mukherjee said: “Emma and Jake had almost every possible complication in the pregnancy, not only did the twins survive Emma’s surgery but they also survived TTTS which is incredibly dangerous. Here at University Hospital, Coventry we have the expertise to deal with high-risk and complicated pregnancies and are able to give parents like Emma and Jake, the family they always dreamt of. I wish them a very Merry Christmas with their gorgeous boys.”