Parents have expressed relief as their premature twins – those born with coronovirus – have been allowed home.
COVID-19 was discovered just days before giving birth to 32-year-old Sarah Curtis.
Although he was asymptomatic, Curtis felt “frightened” and “annoyed” at the prospect of putting his children at risk, a fear by doctors not knowing if his unborn twins might pick up the virus in the womb or not.
She moved to Labor at the start of 10 weeks on 3 July, but due to the restriction of the coronovirus hospital, her husband Aaron, 33, could not live.
The Twins, Kenna and Lisa, were born weighing just 3 pounds each. Shortly after birth it was confirmed that they were both suffering from COVID-19, which was passed to them through the placenta.
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After barely eight days apart, Aaron was finally able to see his children and wife on 11 July.
Six weeks later, after the family was able to leave the hospital and take care of their children at home, they were deemed fit and well.
“I feared having COVID more than breaking my water,” Curtis explained.
“I was very angry with myself when I received confirmation that I had coronovirus.
“I didn’t know what it really meant, it was very nervous.
“I have lost a daughter and I was scared the most.”
Curtis’s pregnancy was not straightforward, as she was diagnosed with twin-to-twin syndrome, a prenatal condition in which twins share a disproportionate amount of placental blood, resulting in two fetuses growing at different rates.
“I had a really tough pregnancy – I had twin syndrome with twins,” Curtis said.
“I had to have a laser surgery where we were told that they were trying to save one of the infants – we were not for both.
“Adam was only allowed to see me at the very end due to coronovirus.
“It was a miracle that both twins survived.
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“The last week in the hospital felt like a prison sentence.
“But thankfully the staff were just talented. He made us feel comfortable despite all the concerns.
“In the end it was all worth it. It’s been a real year, but we’ve come up with two beautiful, healthy girls.
Her husband admitted that it was difficult for him to go through everything he knew about his wife, especially because he did not know what was happening from one day to the next.
Doctors studied throughout her stay at West Cumberland Hospital, as doctors tried to learn more about COVID-19 in infants.
When they were born, their heads were shaped like digestive biscuits, but increased in strength during their time in the hospital.
Curtis praised doctors at the hospital, saying that in 2017 his daughter Lottie died of sudden infant death syndrome (also known as Khat death).
“The delivery suite staff in West Cumberland was fantastic, they helped me. I was very afraid to bring them [the twins] Home after losing the loot, ”he said.
“It’s still scary because they’re not at the age where you stop worrying, but [the staff] Helped me and showed me that happiness is after all.
“The staff was incredible from beginning to end, and made us feel very comfortable despite the anxiety during pregnancy.
“I know people will clap for caregivers during lockdown, but they have been fantastic all year, always.
“If we weren’t for our amazing and determined work, we wouldn’t be holding our two beautiful and healthy twins.”
Additional reporting by SWNS.