Baby twins savaged by fox suffered ‘ life changing injuries’
SITTING side by side in their summer dresses, with floppy hats to shield them from the sun, these are the nine-month-old twins savaged in their cots by a fox.
Isabella and Lola Koupparis were having surgery in separate hospitals yesterday for the ‘life-changing’ injuries they sustained in the attack.
Isabella, who gazes up at the camera, had been in intensive care before being transferred to Great Ormond Street Hospital, while Lola’s face was described by her mother as ‘looking like something from a horror movie’.
Both girls were said to be doing well last night, following Saturday’s attack.
But fear of further fox attacks remains high close to their parents’ £800,000 home in East London, with the local authority yesterday issuing warning leaflets, while London Mayor Boris Johnson called for councils to control the animals.
News of the extent of the girls’ injuries emerged as their parents Nick, 40, who is a finance director for a film company, and Pauline, 41, a fashion expert, separately stayed closed to them at the Royal London Hospital and Great Ormond Street respectively.
The twins’ uncle David Watson spoke of their plight as he picked up baby supplies from the family’s three-storey Victorian terrace in Hackney’s fashionable Victoria Park area.
It was there on Saturday night that the fox crept through patio doors left open in
‘They are going through surgery’
the heat, prowled upstairs, and bit both girls on the arms and Lola on the face.
Mrs Koupparis realised what was going on only when she heard the girls’ cries – and rushed upstairs to find her daughters covered in blood, and an apparently unperturbed fox in the room.
It initially stayed put even when her husband tried to chase it away with a cushion. The twins’ brother Max, four, was unhurt.
Uncle Mr Watson said yesterday: ‘ The twins are improving and Lola is a lot better.
‘The injuries are going to be pretty life changing if a fox has mauled you in the face and arm.
‘They are going through surgery at the moment, as we understand it.
‘It’s difficult for Nick and Pauline to contact each other because they can’t use mobile phones, so we have been ferrying messages through.’
He added: ‘ The staff have been brilliant and there has been an improvement this morning.’
The twins’ paternal grandmother, Zeolla Koupparis, said later: ‘ The twins are fine at the moment.’
Neighbours remain anxious for action to be taken to prevent further attacks, however, with several claiming ever more brazen foxes have been a growing problem in recent years – and a former Hackney mayor saying he first called for fox control decades ago.
Yesterday Boris Johnson added his weight to the calls for action, saying: ‘It’s right that boroughs should focus on their duties for pest control, because, as romantic and cuddly as a fox is, it is also a pest.’
Hackney Council, which insists it has no greater fox problem than anywhere else and says it has received no other reports of attacks by the animals, was yesterday provoked into action by the furore.
Leaflets were posted through the doors of houses on the street concerned, advising residents that traps had been left in the Koupparis family’s garden.
They will stay there for the rest of the month and are being checked daily by a pest controller. One fox was caught there and destroyed early on Monday morning.
The neighbours were also requested to keep their cats indoors so they are not caught in the traps, and advised not to leave out food for pets or wild birds which could attract foxes.
Last night a spokesman for Great Ormond Street Hospital said: ‘We can confirm that Isabella Koupparis is still a patient at the hospital, and continues to receive the highest possible levels of care from medical staff.’
A spokesman at the Royal London Hospital said Lola remained in a serious but stable condition.
Isabella Koupparis, left, and her twin Lola: Both girls are being treated in hospital
Their mother Pauline