A pair of twin boys born four months early and weighing barely more than a bag of sugar each have made it home in time for Christmas.
Adam Mills, 31, and Jade Calvin, 24, welcomed Cain and Isaac on September 1 after a number of days of labour.
The couple, from Walney in Barrow-in-Furness, asked family and friends to ‘say a little prayer’ for them after the boys were born at just 24 weeks.
But now, four months on, the proud parents have taken their sons home for the very first time.
Adam Mills and Jade Calvin welcomed Cain and Isaac on September 1 after a number of difficult days of labour
‘It’s been an absolute dream. To see them so tiny when they were born and to be able to take them home on Saturday is my perfect Christmas,’ Miss Calvin told the North West Evening Mail.
Cain and Isaac spent four months in intensive care at the Royal Preston Hospital and later Furness General Hospital after Miss Calvin was airlifted to a neo-natal care unit during labour.
The new mother said she was ‘expecting the worst’ as babies are unlikely to survive if they are born less than six months into a pregnancy.
She said: ‘I was in labour for a few days which made a big difference to the babies’ chances of survival. I was told that if it had been a couple of days before it could have been a miscarriage.’
The couple, from Walney in Barrow-in-Furness, asked family and friends to ‘say a little prayer’ for them after the boys (pictured right, Isaac shorty after his birth) were born at just 24 weeks
On the day of their ’emergency birth’, Mr Mills posted to Facebook asking his friends and family to ‘say a little prayer’ for the twins.
He wrote: ‘At 16.39 and 16.47 Cain and Isaac Mills were brought into the world in an emergency birth 16 weeks premature.
‘In the early stages both babies are stable but are in ICU and this is a very critical age for any baby to be born let alone for twins.
‘Mother did absolutely amazing during labour and I’m so proud. But please if you have a little faith put your hands together and say a little prayer for Cain and Isaac pulling through.’
The father continued to narrate the twins’ battle on social media throughout the next few months.
Cain (pictured) and Isaac spent four months in intensive care at the Royal Preston Hospital and Furness General Hospital
He wrote on September 6 that Cain and Isaac were ‘a long way from safety but are true little fighters and are doing amazing.’
A month later, Mr Mills said the twins were ‘getting bigger and stronger by the day’ – noting that Cain no longer needed a ventilator to breathe.
But the boys’ four-month stay in the ICU wasn’t all plain sailing.
When the twins were nine weeks old, Mr Mills said: ‘Isaac’s not been so good past few weeks he’s definitely having the harder time fighting infections and illness.
‘He’s proving each day that he is such a strong little fighter.’
Mr Mills described their discharge from hospital as ‘a Christmas miracle’ when he thanked the staff who helped them through the past four months
Cain and Isaac survived in an infant incubator for two months and breathing support for between six and eight weeks.
The boys were then moved to Furness General Hospital on November 28 – and have since been released.
Mr Mills described their discharge as ‘a Christmas miracle’ when he thanked the staff who helped them through the past four months, the Sun reported.
Isaac will still need to rely on oxygen at home but his mother said this is ‘a tiny price to pay for all they’ve been through.’
She said: ‘We’ve had four months of preparation. Now is the perfect time for them to come home and be surrounded by loved ones.’