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The best gift of all; twin boys jack and oliver back home for christmas after being born 2 months early.

Byline: ALISON STACEY Health Correspondent @alibaabra

A DOUBLE miracle has been delivered to a Birmingham couple - their twin boys will finally get to spend their first Christmas at home.

Tiny Jack and Oliver Hancher were born eight weeks early at Birmingham Women's Hospital, after mum Abigail developed life-threatening pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome.

The only hope to save the lives of the Brummie mum and her two babies was to deliver the tots immediately on September 14.

After an emergency C-section at 31 weeks, Oliver was born weighing just 4lbs 3oz and Jack weighed in at 3lbs 1oz.

"It was horrendous," recalls dad Jamie Hancher, from Northfield. "It all escalated so quickly.

"It had been smooth sailing throughout Abby's pregnancy. Then she started suffering with severely high blood pressure. After four days at the Women's Hospital she was doing well, but a final blood test before she was sent home revealed a totally different story.

"Her liver was in trouble, and the only way to treat pre-eclampsia was to deliver the babies."

The identical twins were whisked straight to Intensive Care at the Neonatal Unit, where they would start their battle for survival.

They were with loads coming out were on which was horrible Jamie remembers he was Jamie in left in shock after seeing his newborn sons for the first time.

"They were bright red, with loads of wires coming out of them," he says. "They were on breathing support, which was making a horrible noise.

"Both me and my wife were petrified for their lives."

WINNERS A week after they were born, Jamie was at the bedside of his newborn sons when Oliver stopped breathing after a bleed on his lungs.

But medics rushed to his aid within seconds and were able to save his life.

"A nurse pulled the emergency cord and staff were there in a flash," says 29-year-old Jamie. "He could have died - they saved his life."

Now, after weeks of treatment, the adorable boys are now back home and will enjoy their first Christmas with their proud parents.

bright red, of wires of them. They breathing support, making a noise.

Hancher And to show his gratitude to the dedicated staff, Jamie will be taking on the gruelling 40-mile Chase Walk in March, to raise money for the Neonatal Unit. "It will be amazing to have our first Christmas as a family," he says. "Oliver is now 8lbs 15oz and Jack is 8lbs 7oz. They still have some catching up to do, but they are doing really well. I tried to complete the Chase Walk last year but couldn't finish due to an injury.

"This year I'm determined to finish.

I'll also be doing it for all the other families that we met, some of whom lost their little ones."

trouble, treat to in have Wal"They were bright red, with loads of wires coming out of them. They were on breathing support, which was making a horrible noise. Jamie Hancher


Mum and dad Abigail and Jamie Hancher with twins Jack and Oliver

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Date:Dec 24, 2015
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