Mother’s delight as first twins born in Britain with Covid have recovered and are back home looking forward to their first Christmas
- Sarah Curtis, 34, from Distington, Cumbria, is looking forward to Christmas time
- Mum of five gave birth to twins in July weighing 3lbs who were born with Covid
- Spent six weeks at West Cumberland Hospital and now home for festive season
The mum of twin babies believed to be the first in Britain born with Covid-19 says she feels ‘blessed’ as they celebrate their first Christmas together.
Sarah Curtis, 34, from Distington, Cumbria, says celebrating the festive period with her family is the ‘greatest gift’ she could ever ask for.
The mum-of-five was devastated when doctors told her she had tested positive for the killer virus just days before giving birth to little Kenna and Lissa.
They were born ten weeks early on July 3 weighing just 3lbs and are thought to be the first babies in the UK to be born with coronavirus after they tested positive.
They spent six weeks at West Cumberland Hospital where they were monitored before they could finally return home to their parents.
Kenna and Lissa, born in July, are believed to be the first babies in Britain born with Covid-19
Sarah Curtis, 34, from Distington, Cumbria, is looking forward to celebrating Christmas with her husband Aaron, 33, baby twins and two other son Roick, nine, daughter Marcey, seven
The ‘brilliant, beautiful and healthy’ babies, now five months old, are easing into life at home and will be enjoying their first Christmas with the family.
Sarah said she counts every day as a blessing and that her four children can look forward to gifts which will be arriving shortly straight from the North Pole.
The twins will get pendants which she has gotten for every child she’s had – which she will give to them when they’re older.
Sarah said: ‘I was genuinely so afraid that I was going to lose them – it was so terrifying and paralysing.
‘I could have lost them, I could have died there in the hospital – but we’re here now looking forward to celebrating Christmas together as a family.
‘I count every day the blessings that I’ve got them. They fill me with so much joy and you never get tired of every smile. Just grateful for them.
The twins were born ten weeks early, weighing just 3lbs, and spent six weeks at West Cumberland Hospital bein monitored
Mother, Sarah, says celebrating the festive period with her family is the ‘greatest gift’ she could ever ask for
‘I’m so grateful this Christmas for these kids. That we’re all still here. We haven’t lost anyone through Covid and we’re all healthy.
‘Being with my family, with my children, it’s the greatest gift we could ever hope for.
‘This year has put everything in perspective for us and I couldn’t be happier.’
She added: ‘It’s not what’s around the tree but who is around the tree – and I’m so happy with who is around the tree.’
Sarah, a stay-at-home-mum, had a ‘hard pregnancy’ as she suffered from twin to twin syndrome.
Twin to twin syndrome is a prenatal condition in which twins share unequal amounts of the placenta’s blood supply resulting in the two foetuses growing at different rates.
She had to travel 300 miles from West Cumberland Hospital down to London, on her own, to get a laser surgery which would correct the issue.
But was told it was likely she would lose one of the twins.
The couple, pictured with their twin daughters in hospital, lost their daughter to cot death just before Christmas in 2017
Sarah said: ‘It was a miracle that both twins survived.
‘The last week in the hospital felt like a prison sentence.
‘But thankfully the staff were just brilliant. Without them I don’t know if I’d be here today, and I don’t know if I’d have my two beautiful babies.’
Sarah said she feels extremely grateful to be with her family in an emotional week for her and her husband Aaron, 33, as they lost their daughter Lottie to cot death just before Christmas in 2017.
She said: ‘This is a hard week for us. The twins are the same age Lottie was when we lost her, so I just think a lot of people take their children for granted.
‘We just smother them with love and enjoy every moment.
‘And I am just so happy to have them all here by my side.’
Sarah will be cooking turkey dinner for Aaron and her son Roick, nine, daughter Marcey, seven and has invited her mum and sister round.
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