Happy and elfy

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Al­i­son Smith-squire

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

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