Meet this mum’s one in a tril­lion twins

Louise John­son re­veals what makes her gor­geous twin boys ex­tra spe­cial

New Idea - - Contents - By Kelly Strange

As she lov­ingly gazed down at her new­born twin boys, Louise John­son no­ticed 2.4kg Ja­cob’s eyes were more of an al­mond shape than those of 2.09kg Thomas.

‘As twins, I had ex­pected them to look the same,’ ex­plains 34-year-old Louise.

Against the odds of one in a tril­lion, tests re­vealed Ja­cob had been born with Down syn­drome, while his fra­ter­nal twin brother Thomas had not.

A doc­tor ex­plained be­cause they came from two sep­a­rate eggs, older brother Thomas re­mained unaf­fected.

While it was a shock, sin­gle mum Louise – who al­ready had chil­dren Anthony, 11, Leah, 10, and Bradley, eight – was stunned when a doc­tor asked if she still wanted to take Ja­cob home.

‘It would never cross my mind to dis­own one of my twins just be­cause he had been born dif­fer­ent,’ the Shrop­shire­based mum re­calls.

But de­spite their dif­fer­ences, the twins share a unique bond – cry­ing for each other and only set­tling when to­gether.

Thomas was ex­pected to de­velop much more quickly than Ja­cob, but it was Ja­cob who slept through the night first, started solids be­fore his twin, and even sat up first, just one day af­ter his first birth­day.

‘I knew then he would be OK,’ Louise says. ‘The way I saw it, both my boys were unique. I felt lucky to have them both. As far as our fam­ily was con­cerned, Ja­cob was ex­tra spe­cial be­cause he had an ex­tra chro­mo­some.

‘As the years passed, I did won­der if watch­ing Thomas de­velop faster than his brother would be hard. But when Thomas started walk­ing, he was des­per­ate for Ja­cob to join him and en­cour­aged him to use his walker daily un­til he too was on his feet.

‘What­ever Thomas did, he en­cour­aged his brother Ja­cob to do too be­cause their unique bond meant they al­ways wanted to be to­gether.

‘If Ja­cob was un­well, Thomas would cud­dle up on the sofa, and when he got up­set be­cause he did not un­der­stand, Thomas would calm him.’

Now both five years old, Ja­cob at­tends a school with other chil­dren who have Down syn­drome, while Thomas goes to a main­stream pri­mary.

‘Ja­cob has an in­cred­i­ble bond with his twin and his other sib­lings... who wouldn’t want a son like that?’ asks the UK mum, who has since met her part­ner Craig and had an­other lit­tle boy, Ri­ley, two – who doesn’t have Down syn­drome.


Louise says both her boys are thriv­ing, de­spite Ja­cob’s (left) di­ag­no­sis.

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