By Isha Sesay • 05 December 2019 • 19:24
Jaydn and Gene weighed just over 2lbs each when they were born. Credit: @theiphonetwins
TWO identical twins from South Croydon in England who were born three months premature are now “healthy and thriving”.
Weighing just 2lbs each, brothers Jaydn and Gene Lester-Green were almost the size of an iPhone when they were born on October 20 of last year.
Their parents, Wesley Lester-Green and Lisa Worman, spent 60 days in hospital while their babies battled to survive. However, just 13 months later, Jaydn and Gene are crawling, taking swimming lessons and even beginning to walk.
Lisa’s pregnancy had been smooth sailing until she woke one night and started to feel unwell. Trusting her instinct, she went to Princess Royal University Hospital in Orpington to be assessed where a scan revealed that her fluid was amniotic, meaning that her waters had already broken.
The expectant mother was then rushed to St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington where she had an emergency Caesarean and Jayden and Gene were born – nearly three months before their January due date. After they were delivered, the precious little boys were put in a paediatric intensive care unit, where both battled breathing difficulties due to their underdeveloped lungs. Gene was also diagnosed with a heart murmur and a bleed on his brain, where over the next four weeks Lisa and Wesley stayed by the boys’ side day and night.
Speaking to MyLondon, Wesley said Jaydn and Gene are growing and becoming stronger every day and that it’s a dream for them to be where they are now. He also extended his overwhelming praise for St Mary’s Hospital, who took such good care of his boys that they are home and looking forward to Christmas.
As Euro Weekly News understands, according to the NHS, around 60,000 babies are born prematurely in the UK every year. They can often suffer from long term health problems with research also suggesting that the earlier a baby is born the higher their risk of having special educational needs at school.
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