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Brave mum abseils for baby appeal.

Byline: Anuji Varma

A MOTHER whose twin daughters overcame odds of 140,000-to-one to survive in the womb is staging an abseil as a thank-you to medics.

Emma Canning's daughters, Hannah and Sophie, S

The 41-year-old, from Stirchley, decided to do the daredevil stunt to raise funds for Birmingham Women's Hospital where Hannah and Sophie were treated.

The girls risked their umbilical cords becoming entwined, cutting off blood and oxygen supplies to the brain. In 50 per cent of the cases of monoamniotic twins, one or both babies die.

At birth, Sophie weighed 3lb 15oz and Hannah 3lb 8oz. And despite being premature, both recovered and are now aged four.

Primary school teacher Emma who also has two boys with husband Mark, will face her fear of heights when she plunges 80ft down the side of the hospital building in Edgbaston. Money raised will go to the Tiny Babies Big Appeal.

It will be used to buy new equipment for the neonatal unit where the twins were treated, as well as other areas of the hospital, including maternity, gynaecology, fetal medicine, genetics and fertility.

At the time of the births, Emma said: "It's been hard when you know so many monoamniotic twins don't make it.

"In the early stages of the pregnancy all we could do was hope and pray they got to the final stages."

Mark added: "When the medics told us our twins shared the same birth sac we didn't know what we were letting ourselves in for.

"But Emma has probably been more closely monitored than a royal. It was extremely tense for Emma and I as first Sophie was born and then Hannah. Emma and I just hugged and kissed each other. It was so magical."

The neonatal unit treats over 1,000 sick and premature babies a year.

The abseil will take place on September 29. To join in, call the fundraising office at the hospital on 0121 623 6874.


Abseil: Emma Canning with daughters Hannah and Sophie.
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Date:Aug 23, 2012
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