TWIN brothers who survived being born 10 weeks prematurely have been reunited with each other and their thrilled family at their new Bo’ness home.
Ruaridh and Isaac Cairns weighed in at just 3lbs 6ozs and 1lb 7ozs when they were delivered by planned caesarean section at Stirling Royal Infirmary on February 3.
After spending 20 minutes with first-time parents Deborah and Graham they were transferred to neonatal intensive care incubators.
Ruaridh came back to Borrowstoun Crescent after five weeks in hospital, but Isaac - only the size of a hand - was kept in for 15 weeks before making his homecoming last Tuesday.
A relieved and ecstatic Deborah said: “I see two beautiful wee boys who have fought well to get where they are now. They obviously wanted to be here as much as their parents wanted them.”
Said Graham: “We can’t remember what life was like without them.”
The twins hadn’t been due until April 11, but their mum and dad discovered at the 20 week scan that while Deborah felt really well physically, and could feel the boys moving about, Isaac wasn’t growing properly.
By 26 weeks the specialist twin consultant broke worrying news after discovering he was dangerously small.
“She had to be brutally honest with us,” said operations manager Graham (43). ‘‘She said there was a chance that the wee one might not even make it, but it was too dangerous at that stage to take them both out.”
The doctor was hopeful of getting to 28 weeks before delivery.
Deborah (37) said: “It was obviously devastating to hear the news that something could potentially be wrong.
“She said the outcome was to at least be looking at one baby, but we just hoped and prayed that both boys would be OK. It was probably the most difficult decision we could have to make in our lives, to continue with the pregnancy.
“We did a lot of soul searching and decided to carry on.”
But the battling brothers surpassed the doctor’s hopes, and it wasn’t until 30 weeks and three days they needed to make their entrance.
Graham, and Scottish Ambulance Service worker Deborah were able to bond with their non-identical newborns, despite them being in intensive care, feeding and changing them.
Tests on Isaac’s placenta confirmed there was no medical reason for it not having grown properly, and the smiley, contented boys are both in good health.
Wellwishers include grandparents Brian and Brenda Cairns of Bo’ness and the family plan to fundraise later this year for the neonatal unit. Graham said: “The care they gave the boys was second to none.”
Pictures by Gordon McBrearty