Proud mum Kirsty Robertson cuddled her precious twins – and told how she owed their lives to a fantastic hospital team.
John and Cory Speeding, from South Shields, came into the world two months prematurely weighing less than 3lb each. They spent more than ten weeks at Sunderland Royal Hospital.
But now they are lively 13-month-olds, to the delight of Kirsty and partner John Speeding, 22. Kirsty said: “It was all a blur at the time and we had to take every day as it came because we didn’t know if our children were going to live.”
She praised the Royal Hospital team and said: “What they did for us was pretty special.”
The 23-year-old, from Landseer Gardens in South Shields, is planning a fundraising fun day to say her own thank you, adding: “If it was not for them, I don’t know if my children would be here today.”
The dramatic story first unfolded in July last year.
Kirsty’s pregnancy had gone smoothly until seven months in. She noticed water trickling down her leg. She thought it might just be the pressure of her unborn babies pressing on her, but as a precaution, she rang the South Shields hospital delivery suite for advice and was told to come in to be checked. A doctor examined me and said ‘your waters have broken’. I was sent to Sunderland under blue lights and that’s when it all started.”
Kirsty was told there was a 15 per cent chance her babies might not survive because they were so premature.
But after a 16-hour labour, John came into the world at 4.18am on July 5 last year weighing a mere 2lb 10ozs. Thirty six minutes later, Cory was born and weighed the same. Kirsty’s tiny children were placed on specialist equipment. Four hours later, Kirsty got to see them properly for the first time.
“I was told I had to be prepared. There were machines and wires but all I saw were my babies. They were tiny but I could see past everything and they were my children.”
It would be ten and a half weeks before the twins would leave Sunderland Royal.
Kirsty will say her own special thank you to the team which saved her boys. “I don’t think I could have got through without their support,” she said. “Words cannot describe what they did.”
She is organising a family fun day at South Shields and Westoe Cricket Club on September 6, from 1pm to 4pm.
Attractions include a bouncy castle, candy carts, hook a duck, an assault course, bungee run, bouncy slide, face painting, tombola, and children’s entertainer.
Admission is 50p for adults with children free. There’s a small charge for the attractions after that or people can pay for a wristband to cover them all at £7.
For details, contact Kirsty on 07494 801237 or visit her Go Fund Me page at gofundme.com/6v2cezjr.
Proceeds will go to the neonatal unit.
A spokesman for City Hospitals Sunderland said: “We are delighted with Tracy’s comments regarding the care we provided for the family and the news about the fund-raising event – it is a very generous thought. We hope we provide the right environment and service for local families and it is feedback like this that is so important for our staff and the department as a whole.”