THEY may have been born at just 24 weeks old but Kendall and Destiny Carsley are certainly little fighters.
The twins were born at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital on May 16, weighing just 1,790 grams.
Although they are still in hospital, parents Christian Carsley and Amy Adlam are hoping to bring them home in August.
Christian said: “They are doing really well, we are keeping our fingers crossed. They have had a few slip backs but they are getting stronger and are putting on weight now.”
The couple found out that they were expecting twins during the fourth month scan.
Christian added: “This did not give us that much time to prepare as Amy went into labour at 24 weeks. I had a phone call to say Amy was in pain and needed to go to hospital. I thought it may have been a false alarm or Braxton Hicks.
“It was believed she had the symptoms of septicaemia so she was given antibiotic and steroid injections to improve the growth and brain activity. Shortly afterwards she started bleeding and stayed in hospital until Destiny and Kendall were born.
“They both had problems with breathing so they were put on ventilators – there were tubes and drips everywhere. They had blood transfusions, X-rays and brain scans. They were so fragile, it was so surreal.
“We can’t wait for them to come home, fingers crossed it’s not long now. We can’t thank all the neonatal staff enough for everything they have done, they are truly inspirational.”
Christian will be doing a 56-mile charity bike ride from London to Brighton for the Scoo-B-Doo charity at GRH in September. To donate visit justgiving.com/Christian-Carsley.