A preterm twin that was much smaller than her sibling was separated from him at birth due to health reasons. After successful treatment, the twins were reunited, and their parents captured wonderful photos of them cuddling for the first time.
Chris Carey and Laura Hough of Walton, in the north of England, were informed that their newborn Neve might not live. Her placenta was deteriorating. Despite having poor blood circulation, Neve was too small to get enough nutrients while in the uterus.
Laura began visiting the doctor twice a week.
According to Laura, 27, “they wanted [Neve] to be born at 28 weeks, so they monitored her blood flow, and since everything was stable, they decided to delay the birth until 30 weeks.”
Neve’s twin brother Louie grew up in a different bag. Due to the risks posed to his sister’s survival, Laura was sent to Liverpool Women’s Hospital for an emergency Caesarean section on March 8. Louis developed normally.
Louie weighed 1.45 kg at birth. Despite the fact that Neve weighed only 652 grams, she was able to complete the task without difficulty. Laura commented, “She’s the size of a newborn doll, but she’s doing so well.”
Her twin brother was the one who needed medical attention.
“It was Louie,” the mother said, “his lungs both collapsed because he had air in them.” He consequently needed treatment to remove the air from his lungs.
Doctors separated the twins so Louie could receive emergency treatment. The babies were not brought together and placed in the same incubator until two weeks later, despite their drastically different sizes.
These photos show Neve and Louie affectionately caressing each other’s arms and legs, kissing, and shaking hands as they are captured by their parents. Father posted the touching reunion images to a Facebook group page, and they quickly went viral.
Louie and Neve are reunited.
Laura told the BBC, “I shed tears of joy when they found each other.” The babies are expected to arrive in May, according to the parents and their extended family.
She said her doctors had never seen a baby like Neve before – she was so small, yet so healthy that she did not require medical assistance. “They said the twins would be missed when they leave,” she continued, “because they need more little fighters like them to keep inspiring them.”
Congratulations to Laura and Chris, as well as their twins Louie and Neve!