“Can you sell my story about mine and my fiancee’s tiny twins?” asked dad Lee Burden back in July. Then, Lee’s fiancee, Amanda Staplehurst had just given birth at 23 weeks and two days to Amelia Hope. Incredibly – and a whole ten days later (the twins have birthdays in different months!) – Arthur was born.
Both twins were extremely tiny and Lee recalls they could have both fitted into the palm of his hand together.
But their incredible story appeared in July in the Daily Mail as the twins were hailed medical miracles for being one of the most premature twins known to survive in the UK.
Lee and Amanda have since gone on a rollercoaster journey as their twins fought to full health in hospital. Both underwent heart surgery and Amelia Hope was so premature the blood vessels in her eyes had not developed properly and she needed laser eye surgery to enable her to see.
However, last month the couple finally brought their babies home. Both are doing extremely well and are real heavy-weights compared to their birth weights.
And once again I placed their story in the Daily Mail newspaper, and it is aptly printed today Christmas Eve.
I can’t think of a more lovely story to have in a paper at Christmas. Christmas is all about family and I think for all of us it is a time when we reflect on the past year. So I am delighted there is such a happy ending.
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