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I was terrified we'd have conjoined twins again; NEW BABY JOY EASES COUPLE'S GRIEF.

Byline: OWEN HUGHES

THE parents of conjoined twins who lost their battle for life two years ago have celebrated the birth of a baby boy.

AledWilliams, 30, from Anglesey, and his wife Laura, 20, were left heartbroken in 2008 when their tiny daughters Faith and Hope died shortly after doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London separated them.

Laura, then aged 18, was the world's youngest mum of conjoined twins.

The couple, who already have a daughter Carly, aged four, had not planned on another baby for a few years as they came to terms with their loss.

But last year Laura unexpectedly fell pregnant. She feared they could have conjoined twins again but doctors reassured the couple there was just a one in 400,000 chance.

Laura said: "I was terrified it was going to happen again."

In October baby Ty was born by Caesarian section, weighing a healthy 7lb 90z.

Former dustman Aled, who was brought up in Amlwch and went to Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones, said: "Laura and I cried and cried - a mixture of happiness, sadness and relief."

Back in 2008 the couple were told at the first scan, at 12 weeks, that Laura was having conjoined twins.

A doctor advised Laura to terminate the babies. But the couple's strong religious beliefs meant they ruled it out.

Hope and Faith were born on November 26, 2008.

Pictures of their tiny bodies joined at the chest touched the nation.

Soon after, specialists decided to separate the girls after their shared intestine became blocked.

Teams of medics worked for hours to divide the babies' liver in a 12-hour operation on December 2. Hope died minutes after the operation.

Faith battled for a month before her small organs failed on Christmas Day.

Following the tragic loss the couple moved back from Shrewsbury, Shropshire, to Anglesey to be close to Aled's parents, who live in Llanddaniel Fab, near Llangefni. They always said they had no regrets about having the babies.

They have since moved back to Shropshire.

The timing of Faith's tragic death meant Ty's first Christmas was a difficult time for the family.

Aled said: "It's a wonderful time for most families. But for us it's the worst because that's the day Faith died."

Laura added: "It's incredibly difficult at times. But having Ty has brought us so much happiness and I'll treasure the memories of Faith and Hope for the rest of my life."

owenhughes@dailypost.co.uk

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Aled Williams, and wife Laura have had a healthy baby boy after losing conjoined twins Faith and Hope (inset) after an operation to separate them

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 7, 2011
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