Jackson & Keira
Our twins were born at only 25 weeks gestation, nearly 4 months too early. Due to be born end of March 2010, they came into the world mid December 2009. The average weight of a baby at birth is 3500g.
Jackson weighed 810g and Keira 560g (about the weight of a tub of margarine). They were so small, they could each fit into Dad’s hand.
A LITTLE ABOUT THE MIRACLE
Our precious gift
Jackson & Keira are true survivors. At birth they were given less than 70% chance of living. And if they lived, there was a 20% chance of a major physical or mental disability.
During their first 12 weeks, they were either diagnosed or closely monitoring development of challenges associated with very young premmies; chronic lung disease, hyaline membrane disease, jaundice, anaemia, reflux, hyperglycaemia, hypaglycaemia, retinopathy of prematurity (eye sight), further weight loss at birth, non-closure of heart duct, brain haemorrhaging, hearing and lots more. Each of the above was a battle one after the other at different weeks of their lives. The miracle is that both of our babies fought and won virtually all of these battles.
They came home for the first time on Monday 22 March 2010 after spending their first 102 days of life (nearly 1/3 of a year) in the amazing Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Brisbane Mater Mothers’ Hospital as well 3 weeks at John Flynn Hospital Gold Coast.
We are so very proud of our babies. They have come a very long way. We would like to thank family, friends, staff and customers for their amazing support for what has been an incredibly difficult time for Mum & Dad.
A very big thank you goes to the amazing group of doctors and nurses at NICU, a wonderful and dedicated group of people. Thank you for your support, time and amazing care of our children. A big thank you to the wonderful nurse (name unknown but please come forward) who in the wee hours of Xmas morning placed near their cribs 2 Xmas cards; one from Jackson & one from Keira addressed to Mum & Dad. In them were real ink prints of their tiny feet. That will be a Xmas morning Debbie & I will never forget for the rest of our lives.
Also thanks to Gaylene and crew at John Flynn Hospital. It was a short but memorable 3 weeks.
However, a special and greatest mention goes to one amazing person. Dr Luke Jardine, Neonatologist at NICU. Luke, thank you for saving their lives. You are an all-round exceptional human being & we are very grateful to have met you.
I hope you enjoy the photos below which show a glimpse of our world December 2009 – March 2010.
All our love,
Mark & Deb, Jackson & Keira
Channel 7 Queensland news Thu 14 April 2011.
Channel 7 advertisement – Wed 13 Apr 2011
Up to 24 hours prior to the news item, Channel 7 ran the following news advertisement featuring the twins:
ABC Gold Coast in Friday 25 February 2011