Delivered five days apart, they are among the UK’s youngest twins to survive.
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Dolly weighed just under 1lb when she arrived on November 11, 2016.
Mum Shona Jeffery’s waters had broken at 22 weeks and six days, but medics told her the babies were too young to save.
Despite contractions, she held on until after midnight when they were 23 weeks and doctors could intervene.
But after Dolly’s arrival, the contractions stopped and Albert did not arrive until five days later, weighing 1lb 6oz. Shona, 28, said: “Dolly was born at 23 weeks plus one day.
"I didn’t hold her until she was six weeks and then it was because she was being transferred for surgery to repair a hole in her heart. I didn’t cuddle Albert until he was eight weeks.”
Shona could stay near them at hospital in Brighton thanks to Bliss, the charity for premature and sick babies.
It works with organisations such as Ronald McDonald House Charities, which provides rooms.
Shona, from Swanley, Kent, said: “We stayed in a Ronald McDonald house across the road from the hospital, which meant if there was a scare overnight — of which there were many — I could dash over quickly. You run on adrenalin the whole time.”
Newborn baby appeal: please give what you can
TO DONATE ONLINE: GO TO thesun.co.uk/light-up-christmas
CALL: 020 7378 5740
DONATE BY TEXT:Sending BLISS followed by the amount (e.g. BLISS £10) to 70085. You can choose to donate £1, £3, £5, £10, £15 or £20. You will be charged the standard network rate when texting your keyword.
OR BUY A BEAR: YOU can make a difference to the life of a baby this Christmas by buying an adorable My First Bliss Bear. The cute white bear called Scuby, named after Special Care Baby Units (SCBU), holds a smaller brown bear called Inky, named after incubators. These gifts cost £8.50 each and the money goes directly to Bliss. You can buy a bear here.
That is why Shona is backing Light Up Christmas, The Sun’s appeal to raise money for Bliss. Your donations will help it provide care for families spending Christmas at their baby’s hospital bedside.
She said: “The work Bliss does in this area, as well as providing emotional support to families, is invaluable.”
Albert, two, is now walking and his sister, who needs oxygen, has had an implant for her hearing. Shona said: “I can’t praise the hospital staff enough.”
How to help
DONATE ONLINE: Go to thesun.co.uk/light-up-christmas.
DONATE BY TEXT: Sending BLISS followed by the amount (e.g. BLISS £10) to 70085. You can choose to donate £1, £3, £5, £10, £15 or £20. You will be charged the standard network rate when texting your keyword.
DONATE BY PHONE: Call 020 7378 5740.
DONATE BY POST: Please make cheques payable to “Bliss – National Charity for the Newborn” to Freepost RTZJ-GZYE-RCUA, The Sun Appeal, Bliss, Fourth Floor, Maya House, 134-138 Borough High Street, London SE1 1LB.
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