Mum’s agonising wait for tiny twins born at just 26 weeks to undergo surgery

A mum feared she would lose her twin boys after she gave birth at 26 weeks and they weighed just 810g and 780g.

Linzie Mathieson, from Kingswells in Aberdeen, was rushed to hospital when her waters broke at 20 weeks and she was put on antibiotics to prevent infection before being sent home to rest.

When she went into labour in August this year she was warned her sons Alfie and Harry were unlikely to survive after they were delivered by emergency C-section.

She said the boys were delivered and whisked away to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where they were worked on for a few hours to stabilise them.

Both were placed on ventilators and Harry was given Nitric. At this point, Linzie was told that the next 24 hours would be critical.

Poor Harry’s lungs were underdeveloped and he needed a lot of help in the first few weeks of his life.

Alfie came off the ventilator before his brother but had to be put back on a week later as the pair fought hard and battled every hurdle in their way.

The boys have since spent eight weeks in intensive care and four weeks in high dependency after their birth.

They are now receiving treatment on a specialist care ward but due to improvements Linzie hopes to welcome them home soon.

She said: “They are both still on oxygen and both have surgery this coming week.

“They have both done so well and have piled on weight and are taking bottle feeds.

“The word ‘home’ has been mentioned this last week so we are hoping to be home in the next few weeks if all goes well.

“It’s very hard to describe our time in the unit – the first week was a blur – it’s like nothing we have ever experienced.

“The intensive care unit is very intense but the staff really go above and beyond. They have made our experience and journey so much more bearable.”

She said: “They are both still on oxygen and both have surgery this coming week.

“They have both done so well and have piled on weight and are taking bottle feeds.

“The word ‘home’ has been mentioned this last week so we are hoping to be home in the next few weeks if all goes well.

“It’s very hard to describe our time in the unit – the first week was a blur – it’s like nothing we have ever experienced.

“The intensive care unit is very intense but the staff really go above and beyond. They have made our experience and journey so much more bearable.”

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