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Birmingham couple finally take twin babies home for Christmas

The pair are going home for the first time Photo: BPM Media

A Birmingham couple will finally be taking their twin boys home for Christmas, after more than three months of watching the pair recover in hospital.

Jack and Oliver Hancher were born eight weeks early at Birmingham Women’s Hospital after their mother Abigail developed life-threatening pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome.

It was decided that the only way to save both Abigail and her babies was to deliver them immediately on September 14th.

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. 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.”

– Jamie Hancher, Father

The identical twins were then taken straight to Intensive Care at the Neonatal Unit to recover.

Jamie remembers he was left in shock after seeing his newborn sons for the first time, describing them as 'bright red' with 'loads of wires coming out of them' as they struggled on breathing support.

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 stepped in within seconds and were able to save his life.

The happy family Credit: BPM Media

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

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.