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Kyle, left, and Jake with dad Colin and mum Ni­chola

Look­ing at Kyle and Jake French now, it’s hard to be­lieve these happy, healthy three-year-olds were once fight­ing for their lives, and de­fied the odds to be here to­day.

The twins were born just 23 weeks into preg­nancy. With both weigh­ing less than 1.5lb, their par­ents were told to “ex­pect the worst”.

Kyle and Jake’s first months of life were spent in hos­pi­tal, with both their tiny bod­ies hav­ing to un­dergo gru­elling op­er­a­tions. At just 13 days old, Jake needed stom­ach surgery, and each of the boys needed an op­er­a­tion to close a duct in their heart. The fam­ily, from Heb­burn spent 18 weeks watch­ing over their chil­dren in the Spe­cial Care Baby Unit at the RVI.

But now, the bright and bub­bly pair are or­di­nary young lads, who en­joy play­ing with each other and their friends at nurs­ery.

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