‘ I feared los­ing both of my beau­ti­ful ba­bies’

Mum re­calls ter­ror af­ter deadly bug strikes down twins

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lit­tle heart raced well above 200 beats per minute.

“She was in such pain she could not bear to be held.

“As soon as we ar­rived, Lot­tie was rushed to re­sus where doc­tors in­serted a can­nula in her tiny hand and started in­fus­ing an­tivi­ral and an­tibi­otic drugs into her.

“They turned to us and said, ‘we feel Lot­tie has a virus, pos­si­bly menin­gi­tis. We need to carry out a lum­ber punc­ture’.

“The words were chill­ing. We were ter­ri­fied. I hadn’t wanted to

Twin girls Zara and Lot­tie sur­vived the se­ri­ous bug. ask if she had menin­gi­tis and if she would die.

“It was then I told doc­tors that she was a twin and my fear was that Zara would be next.”

Within three days of Lot­tie’s di­ag­no­sis, Zara’s tem­per­a­ture be­gan to soar. Cather­ine said: “By then, Lot­tie was turn­ing the cor­ner and I thought Zara would be ok.

“Our ba­bies were only 17 days old and we were in a very scary place.”

The poorly in­fants were treated in the same in­fec­tious dis­eases ward, in rooms next door to each Re­lieved

mum Cather­ine

with twin girls Lot­tie and Zara other. The twins’ par­ents Richard and Cather­ine kept a vigil at each child’s bed­side.

Within four days, Lot­tie was re­spond­ing to the drugs and doc­tors as­sured Cather­ine and Richard that they were 100% sure she would re­cover.

How e v e r, Zara was more se­ri­ously af­fected.

“She had to be given oxy­gen and a feed­ing tube was in­serted in her be­cause she couldn’t bear to take a bot­tle,” Cather­ine said.

“Her heart raced to 240 beats a minute and her tem­per­a­ture re­mained high.”

As they mon­i­tored her, doc­tors no­ticed that Zara had a heart de­fect.

“They picked up a nar­row­ing of the pul­monary artery but it does not need surgery or treat­ment, just mon­i­tor­ing,” Cather­ine ex­plained.

Just as quickly as they be­came dan­ger­ously ill, the in­fants re­cov­ered.

Within a week they were out of hospi­tal, feed­ing well and happy to be cud­dled.

Cather­ine smiled and said: “Ba­bies be­come ill quickly and re­cover just as fast.”

Menin­gi­tis cam­paigner Prof Robert Carachi, said: “The warn­ing signs are a pierc­ing cry which sig­nals that the baby is in pain, es­pe­cially when they are held and cud­dled.

“High tem­per­a­tures can also sig­nal se­ri­ous ill­ness in ba­bies.”

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