Miracle twins home at last

PUBLISHED: 07:37 07 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:49 15 June 2010

Kenzie and Kaiden at home with their family

Kenzie and Kaiden at home with their family

THIS is the family photo parents Tanya Jones and Neil Wood thought may never be taken after twins Kenzie and Kaiden were born 16 weeks too soon.

THIS is the family photo parents Tanya Jones and Neil Wood thought may never be taken - after twins Kenzie and Kaiden were born 16 weeks too soon.But, after a rollercoaster nine months, the Honiton family saw in the New Year together, Kaiden finally released from hospital on December 29.The twins were born at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, on April 14. Kenzie weighed in at 1lb 13oz and Kaiden weighed even less - 1lb 3oz. The brothers were given little chance of survival.Nine months, and a whole host of scares, later they are settling in at the family home in Livermore Road.Tanya, 23, gave birth to the twins when she was just 24 weeks pregnant."My waters broke at 16 weeks and then again at 18 weeks and a scan at 20 weeks revealed I'd probably miscarry," she said."Kenzie was given a 40 per cent chance of survival, but Kaiden was given just 20 per cent."They were lucky to make it out of the delivery suite."Although the babies were stabilised by medics in four hours and sailed through their first six days, Tanya and Neil, 28, say they now realise this was a "honeymoon" period.Kenzie, considered the stronger of the two, was the first to succumb to a setback, suffering collapsed lungs."After that, they would take it in turns for something to go wrong," said Tanya."Near enough every week we thought we'd lose one or both of them."Neil said: "Kenzie picked up and carried on going. He was home in a few months."With Kaiden it was like taking three steps forward and four back."If we didn't have our elder son, Kieran, to occupy us, I don't know what we would have done. "Things could have been different."The couple weren't able to hold their babies until they were months old - in the case of Kaiden five months old.Now the twins are nine months, they are still small - fitting into newborn clothes.They are also still attached to oxygen cylinders.Kaiden was allowed home from hospital for a few hours on Christmas Day. He was sent home for good in time for New Year's Eve."We just relaxed," said Neil. "It was like a massive weight had been lifted."Tanya says that, although she won't rule out having any more children, she would be "petrified" - in case something went wrong.Reflecting on their months of to-ing and fro-ing from hospital, the couple say they realise their twins are lucky to have survived."When they were born, they were put into Tesco sandwich bags to keep them warn," said Tanya. "That's how small they were."The fact that they are here with us now is all down to the care they received from hospital staff at Derriford and Wonford.

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