Double trouble for six Ipswich parents
THANKS to a rare medical condition that caused her to develop two uteruses, doctors told Annessa Kahika she would never be able to have children.
Two little boys who just spent 17 days in Ipswich Hospital's Special Care Nursery proved those doctors wrong.
Koa Kahika-Sapolu and Fox Kahika-Sapolu were born via emergency caesarean at just 34 weeks.
The twins are one of six sets born at Ipswich Hospital in the past few weeks in a double trouble boom that began with Koa and Fox's early arrival on February 5.
Annessa, who has Uterus Didelphys, and her partner Mark Sapolu have spent the past weeks visiting Ipswich Hospital's special care unit every day watching their twins get healthy enough to come home.
Fox, who weighed just 1.97kg when he was born, had to be treated for jaundice. His brother Koa weighed 2.38kg and was born without fully-developed lungs, requiring him to have respiratory support.
Their early arrival became a matter of life and death thanks to complications during the pregnancy. Both twins developed in only one uterus and Annessa was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia.
Doctors gave her steroids to speed up the twin's development and delivered them on February 5 - their due date was in March.
They were due to remain in hospital until then, but have developed so well that they got to go home on Sunday.
"We're just happy that they are healthy," Annessa said.
For the past week, Koa and Fox have shared the Special Care nursery with two other twin boys also born at just 34 weeks.
Pardeep Singh and Manpreet Kaur welcomed Yuvraj and Yudhveer Singh on February 15. Dad Pardeep said the boys, who are the couple's first children, were expected to remain in Special Care until their original due date in March.
Acting women's and children's service director Lynette Barrett said twins were more likely to be pre-term than single babies. The special care nursery can care for babies born after 32 weeks and weighing more than 1.5kg.
Most of the other twins who have arrived at Ipswich Hospital this month were able to be treated in the maternity ward rather than special care.
Twin boys Noah Jensen and Jaxxon Dean were born to mum Chantel Spelleken on February 11.
On February 12, Melanie Rippon and Leon Beyleveld welcomed twins Alina and Samuel.
Kara and Raymond Doyle welcomed Taj and Bonnie on February 15.
Seven sets of twins have been born at Ipswich so far this year. A total 38 sets of twins were born in 2015.