Wednesday, 28 Oct 2020

Newborn twins born with coronavirus as mum tests positive just days before birth

A pair of twins were both born with coronavirus after their mum tested positive for the deadly bug just days earlier.

The babies are thought to be the first set of twins born with Covid-19 in the UK.

Both girls were born 10 weeks early on July 3, weighing just 3lbs each, reports Mirror Online.

Kenna and Lissa Curtis contracted the virus through their mum, sparking her worst fear.

Doctors confirmed the news to anxious mum Sarah, 32, and husband Aaron, 33 after she tested positive for coronavirus just days before the birth.

Sarah had not shown any symptoms but felt “scared” as she feared putting the unborn girls at risk.

But despite both being born with the killer virus, which was transferred to them via the placenta, the little fighters made a remarkable recovery.

Aaron, a security guard, was only able to see them after a 14-day quarantine.

Six weeks later, the twins have now been declared fit, healthy, Covid-free – and ready to be cared for at home.

Sarah, of Distington, Cumbria, said: “I was more scared of having Covid than my water breaking – I was so nervous. When I got the confirmation that I had coronavirus I was just so angry with myself.

“I didn’t know what it meant exactly, it was so nerve wracking. I’ve lost a daughter and I was fearing the worst. No one knew what would happen, my girls were the first babies to be born with coronavirus.”

Full-time mum Sarah endured a tough pregnancy due to twin to twin syndrome, a prenatal condition. Twins share unequal amounts of the placenta's blood supply resulting in the two foetuses growing at different rates.

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She had to travel 300 miles from West Cumberland Hospital down to London, on her own, to get a laser surgery which would correct the issue.

But was told it was likely she would lose one of the twins. The mum-of-five recalled: “They were trying to save one of the babies – we weren’t meant to have both.

“Aaron was only allowed to come see me at the very end due to coronavirus. It was a miracle that both twins survived. The last week in the hospital felt like a prison sentence. But thankfully the staff were just brilliant.

"They made us feel comfortable despite all of the anxiety.

“In the end it was all worth it. It’s been a surreal year but we’ve come away with two beautiful, healthy girls.”

Aaron had to miss the birth but finally saw them when they were transferred to Sunderland after he finished quarantine. It was definitely worth the wait – so small and precious," he said.

"I just wanted to hug them and hold them and just be there to help them on their difficult journey.

"When I saw them finally I was so proud. That feeling when you’re a dad it’s unparalleled.”

Weighing in at 3lbs each, the girls had tiny heads the size of a “digestive biscuit”. They were studied throughout their time in hospital as doctors continue to learn about the coronavirus.

The family praised 'fantastic' staff at the West Cumberland Hospital who helped them after they lost baby daughter Lottie to cot death in 2017.

Sarah added: "They were fantastic. I was so scared to bring them home after losing Lottie.

"I know people will clap for carers during lockdown but they’re brilliant all year round, always. We wouldn’t be holding our two beautiful and healthy twins if it weren’t for their wonderful and determined work.”

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