Twin babies who are thought to be the first in the UK to be born with COVID-19 are back home as their family gets set to celebrate their first Christmas together.
Kenna and Lissa were born 10 weeks’ early on 3 July weighing just 3lbs and spent six weeks at West Cumberland Hospital where they were monitored before they could finally return home to their parents.
Mum Sarah Curtis, 34, says celebrating the festive period with her family is the “greatest gift” she could ever ask for.
She was devastated when doctors told her she had tested positive for coronavirus just days before giving birth to the babies.
But the “brilliant, beautiful and healthy” babies, now five months old, are easing into life at home and will be enjoying their first Christmas with the family.
Curtis, from Distington, Cumbria, said she counts every day as a blessing and revealed the twins will get pendants that she has gotten for every child she’s had – which she will give to them when they’re older.
She said: “I was genuinely so afraid that I was going to lose them – it was so terrifying and paralysing.
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“I could have lost them, I could have died there in the hospital – but we’re here now looking forward to celebrating Christmas together as a family.
“I count every day the blessings that I’ve got them. They fill me with so much joy and you never get tired of every smile. Just grateful for them.
“I’m so grateful this Christmas for these kids. That we’re all still here. We haven’t lost anyone through COVID and we’re all healthy.
“Being with my family, with my children, it’s the greatest gift we could ever hope for.
“This year has put everything in perspective for us and I couldn’t be happier.”
Curtis had a “hard pregnancy” as she suffered from twin to twin syndrome – a prenatal condition in which twins share unequal amounts of the placenta's blood supply, resulting in the two foetuses growing at different rates.
She had to travel 300 miles from West Cumberland Hospital down to London, on her own, to get a laser surgery that would correct the issue.
She was told it was likely she would lose one of the twins.
Curtis said: “It was a miracle that both twins survived. The last week in the hospital felt like a prison sentence.
“But thankfully the staff were just brilliant. Without them I don’t know if I’d be here today, and I don’t know if I’d have my two beautiful babies.”
Curtis said she feels extremely grateful to be with her family in an emotional week for her and her husband Aaron, 33, as they lost their daughter Lottie to cot death just before Christmas in 2017.
She added: “This is a hard week for us. The twins are the same age Lottie was when we lost her, so I just think a lot of people take their children for granted.
“We just smother them with love and enjoy every moment.
“And I am just so happy to have them all here by my side.”
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