Prem triplets celebrate turning two; GIRLS WERE BORN AT 27 WEEKS.
Byline: SOPHIE DISHMAN email@example.com @SOPHIEDISHGAZ
JUST look at them now - these Teesside triplets, who were born 13 weeks early, have just celebrated their second birthday. Back in November 2016, the Billingham trio - Poppy, Lily and Hollie - made a dramatic arrival. The youngsters' mum, Rachel Davison was just 27 weeks pregnant when her waters broke. She was transferred from James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough to Liverpool, where they could guarantee three neonatal beds together.
Rachel gave birth by emergency C-section, with dad Paul O'Rourke, 30, arriving two hours after the triplets' birth.
The trio remained in hospital in Liverpool and were moved to James Cook just days before Christmas.
Luckily, all three of the babies made it home the day before their due date, which was Valentine's Day.
Speaking to The Gazette in February last year, Rachel said: "It feels a bit surreal, we are walking on cloud nine. They still don't feel like ours yet."
Now the triplets, who are turning into "proper little characters now" have turned two.
But it has been a "rough year" for the family.
"Hollie was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, the other two have got a bit of a delay with their development," Rachel, 33, said.
"Lily had heart surgery. "Hollie - we are waiting for surgery on her heart." The family are also waiting to see a neurologist for Hollie.
However there has also been much joy - including welcoming a new addition to the family, which includes Charlotte, 14, and Lucie, eight - eight-month-old Patrick, who was born in April.
Now, Rachel, 33, is arranging an event and she's chosen four charities to support - Lucy Air Ambulance for Children, Ronald McDonald House Arrowe Park and local charities Remembering Rebecca and Leo's.
"We wanted to do something since we came out of hospital. We received so much help from so many people.
"We want to make it as big as possible," she said.
Rachel is also trying to organise a bungee jump off the Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough.
It's hoped the events will take place next year.
Rachel Davison with her triplets, from left, Hollie, Poppy and Lily; main picture, Lucie, eight, holding baby Patrick, with Lily, Poppy and Hollie on big sister Charlotte's knee
Lunch time for the triplets, who have just turned two
The girls when they first came home, from left, Poppy, Lily and Hollie