Premature twins home for Christmas

Twin boys, who were among the most premature to survive, are now both home from hospital for Christmas - and their story has inspired the birth of baby Archie in Emmerdale.

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Full Report: Premature twins home for Christmas

Twin boys who were born 17 weeks early are home from hospital - and their story has inspired a storyline in Emmerdale.

Harley and Archie Garthwaite from Hartlepool are among the most premature babies in this country to survive.

Their mother Hayley Kennedy had a call from producers of the soap opera telling her scriptwriters had heard about her boys, and introduced a premature baby, also named Archie, based on their story.

You can see the full report from Lucy Taylor below.

Family Christmas as premature twins return home

Two twin boys from Hartlepool, who are among the most premature to survive, are returning home from hospital just in time for Christmas.

Harley and Archie Garthwaite were born seventeen weeks early, with Harley weighing 1 pound 6 ounces, and his twin Archie just 1 pound 4 ounces.

Archie was discharged before his brother, with Harley staying at the University Hospital of North Tees to help build up his weak lungs.

The family are now looking forward to spending their first Christmas together at home.

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