TWINS born 13 weeks premature – with one weighing less than a bag of sugar – are doing well in hospital.
Brothers Marley and Carter Williams were born at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital on Monday, January 13 – three months ahead of their April due date.
Marley weighed just 1lbs 10oz at birth with Carter being slightly heavier at 2lbs 1oz.
Both are currently being cared for in a special care unit, where they are being kept in incubators and a week later doctors say they are doing well.
The twins’ dad, Bryan Williams, 34, from Coedpoeth, spoke to the Leader about the “terrifying” moment his wife Emma went into labour.
He said: “This was such a big shock.
“Emma had a lot of pain on the day before at about 5.30pm, so we got straight into the car and headed for the labour ward.
“We got straight into the hospital and we thought she was going to deliver. But nothing seemed to happen, and Emma said something wasn’t right.”
Bryan said that after one of the babies became stuck, staff at the hospital decided to break Emma’s waters to help speed things up and gave Emma a spinal anaesthetic so they could help her deliver the tiny babies.
“At this point I was petrified,” said Bryan.
“There were about 20 staff in the theatre and I was shaking and felt very sick.
“But fortunately they were born and we were told they were alive and healthy.”
Marley was born at 10.41am and Carter was born nine minutes later.
The twins were rushed to the special care unit and Bryan and Emma were unable to see them until 5pm later that day.
Bryan said: “It’s very scary and emotional seeing them so small and attached to air masks and tubes to the belly.
“The doctors are happy with them at the moment and they are doing some breathing on their own, but they have explained we can expect good days and bad days, so we are just going to take each day as it comes.
“But they have had brain scans and everything is going well. They have even started taking some milk on their own now.
“But this will be a long process and we know that.”
Bryan and Emma said they are thankful to the staff on the special care unit, who they described as “remarkable”.
The proud parents are hoping the twins will be able to go home to live with their other siblings Rosie, two, Tyler, eight, and Daniel, 10 in the not too distant future.