A MUM who went into labour with twins at just 23 weeks has told of her heartbreaking fight to keep the boys alive.
Donna Turnbull spent 107 hours giving birth to the boys – delivering them just one day apart weighing 1lb each.
Matthew was born on 1 October 2015 while Thomas entered the world the next day.
The pair were thought to be the UK’s youngest surviving twins.
They each spent five month in hospital and defied medical odds as they battled infections and chronic lung disease.
Eventually Donna and husband Ian, 38, were able to bring them home – but tragedy struck just days later.
TOT’S LIFE SUPPORT SWITCHED OFF
Donna, 34, said: “We got Thomas home first and then four days later Matthew came home.
“When Matthew came home Thomas was struggling to breathe and went into respiratory distress and I had to resuscitate him.
“I’m a nurse and you’d think something like this would come as second nature, but my ‘mummy’ head just felt so frightened, both my husband and I went into ‘fight or flight’ mode.”
Tommy was rushed to hospital and put into intensive care – with Matthew following the day after.
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She eventually made the heartbreaking decision to turn off Tommy’s life support.
But Matthew defied the odds and made a full recovery despite docs warning he would be in a vegetative state.
Donna added: “He’s walking, he’s talking, he’s starting to eat more textured food, he’s now in pre-school age and we are working with nursery to ensure his needs are met.
“He’s on the autism pathway and has a host of professionals still involved with his care.
“We miss Thomas so much. Not a minute goes by where we don’t think of him. Both our boys are truly amazing. The resilience in our premmie babies is breathtaking.”
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