Happy and elfy
IDENTICAL twins Poppy and Jessica Jennions dress up to celebrate their first Christmas – one their parents feared they’d never see.
First they needed laser surgery in the womb at only 18 weeks after docs diagnosed transfusion syndrome. Each was draining the other of vital nutrients and blood.
The op could kill them – but without it parents Lauren, 25 and Phillip, 26, knew both would die.
Surgery at St George’s Hospital, London, was a success – but in August the twins arrived ten weeks premature. Poppy was 2Ib 13oz and Jessica 3lb 1oz. They battled for life for seven weeks.
Lauren, of Havant, Hants, said: “There were so many times we thought we’d lose them. We’re so lucky to have our little miracles.”
Lauren and Phillip are raising money for neonatal units at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, and St Richards, Chichester. Help at justgiving. com/ crowdfunding/ laurenjennionsnicu.
REDDY FOR OUR LIVES Poppy, left, and Jessica in their tiny elf outfits LITTLE FIGHTERS: Poppy, left, and Jessica