Mir­a­cle twins have turned 18

Stockport Express - - News - EMMA CURRY emma.curry@reach­plc.com @em­malouise­curry

AMUM whose twin boys were not breath­ing when they were born at home at just 26 weeks has cel­e­brated their 18th birthdays.

Leanne Tow­ers, of Taplow Av­enue, Chea­dle Hulme, marked the birth­day of her two sons, An­thony and Stephen Eng­land, with a meal for the whole fam­ily last Satur­day (Oc­to­ber 27).

The 35-year-old, now a mum of four and preg­nant with her fifth, was just 16 when she gave birth to the pre­ma­ture ba­bies at her home, then on Moscow Road East, Edge­ley, with part­ner Antony Eng­land, mum Yvonne and sis­ter Donna at her side.

She ex­plained: “I woke at about 6.30am and felt like I needed the toi­let. When I got there the baby just slipped out. I didn’t have a clue what was hap­pen­ing.”

A ter­ri­fied Leanne dis­cov­ered that the body of her first twin, Antony, had been born, leav­ing his head still inside.

“I was just 16, I didn’t even know that could hap­pen, I was com­pletely pan­icked,” she said.

“I called for my mum and sis­ter and they got me onto the bed. My part­ner Antony ran into the room, he was pan­ick­ing too.

“We rang for a para­medic, my sis­ter put him on speaker and he talked me through it.”

They wrapped lit­tle An­thony, who weighed just 2lb 6, in tin­foil to warm him up, and as Leanne’s sis­ter tilted his head back he fi­nally be­gan to breathe on his own.

“He let out this lit­tle cry,” Leanne said. “I was so re­lieved.

“Then I felt like I needed to go to the toi­let again.

“The para­medic said ‘that’s just the af­ter­birth,’ but I said ‘no, I’m hav­ing twins.’”

When Leanne’s sec­ond boy, Stephen, was born, he too was not breath­ing. How­ever, by this point medics were on the scene and they man­aged to get the 2lb 8 tot to breathe.

Now trainee fire­man An­thony and ap­pren­tice me­chanic Stephen are both strap­ping 18-year-olds and Leanne says ‘you’d never guess they were born early.’

They marked their 18th birthdays sur­rounded by fam­ily and friends at WHERE in Manch­ester city cen­tre.

“I am ex­tremely proud of them,” their mum added. “I just want them to know that.”

Leanne, who lost a baby boy in 2006, is also mum to seven-year-old War­ren and four-year-old By­ron, and says she was ‘des­tined to be a mum.’

“I love kids,” she said. “I love my twin­nies, that’s what I call them.”

●●Antony and Stephen, with dad Antony Eng­land and mum Leanne Tow­ers and, right, shortly after the twins were born with Nana Yvonne

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