Miracle twins beat odds after being born at 34 weeks with holes in their hearts

Miracle twins beat odds after being born at 34 weeks with holes in their hearts

Twin girls have overcome the odds after being born prematurely - both with holes in the heart. Darcey and Eden Mold arrived within a minute of each other at 34 weeks when mother Katy Mold's waters broke as she choked on a Pringle.

They each weighed 4lbs 13oz and both faced uphill battles, with Eden in particular having large holes in her strawberry-sized heart. She needed surgery just eight days after being born and Katy and husband David were warned to prepare for the worst.

The operation was a success as surgeons narrowed her aorta, but days later her little sister Darcey fell seriously ill. She had already been allowed home because her heart condition was not life-threatening, but she found herself in the same Southampton General Hospital as Eden.

Darcey had suddenly turned blue and was diagnosed with bronchiolitis before being admitted to intensive care the following day. She spent 12 days fighting for life, sedated and ventilated, and was given a blood transfusion before finally recovering

After six weeks apart in the same hospital, the twins were finally well enough to go home to Sway, Hampshire. where they joined older sisters Matilda, six, and nine-year-old Jemima. The youngsters are now three months old and both making a good recovery, although Eden faces open-heart surgery in the spring. Surgeons will patch up the holes in her heart using tissue from other parts of her heart.

Katy, a 31-year-old college secretary, said: "I feel like I have been running on this rollercoaster of adrenaline ever since the birth.

"I was struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but wanted to stay strong for my family. What's so hard is the unknown, the paranoia, I've been constantly on red alert, worried my children might die.

"I believe Darcey got ill because we were dragging her pillar to post back and forth from the hospital when we went to visit Eden. Strangely Darcey was in some ways the more ill of the two but she's made a very quick recovery."

She added: "We still have a long way to go, but I'm very happy to finally have them home. I feel very lucky that both my girls are okay at the moment, they're both little fighters. They really are both little miracles."

Katy was told at her 20-week scan that one of the twins had large holes in her heart and would need surgery as soon as she was born. She was due to have a caesarean section before her waters broke at 24 weeks.

Doctors had planned to wait nine days before operating on Eden, but she began fitting the day before and doctors feared she could have an infection so operated immediately. Now Katy and David, 46, who runs his own event management business, are bracing themselves for the next major surgery on Eden.

Katy said: "When you put your ear to Eden's chest, you can hear something swishing from chamber to chamber rather than her heart beating.

"Her left arm has been cold recently, which we think is down to circulation. Of course we are very worried but understand the doctors just want her to be as big and strong as possible so she stands the best chance of recovery when she has the op.

"She may have learning difficulties, but we'll deal with that as it comes."

David said: "I had to try and keep the business running while the twins were very ill. It was hard. As soon as Eden was in recovery Darcey was ill, we were running on adrenaline. But I'm glad they're both better and doing well, we couldn't be prouder."

Colette Cochran, clinical nurse specialist in paediatric cardiology at Southampton Children's Hospital, said: "Eden underwent major heart surgery with us in December to repair narrowing of the large blood vessel in her heart known as the aorta and banding of her pulmonary artery to reduce blood flow into her lungs.

"With Eden's twin Darcy also having been in hospital for the treatment of a respiratory condition, it has been a difficult time for their parents so we are all delighted to see them spending time together at home."

By Agency,

The Telegraph, Sunday 22 March 2015

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