Miracle Premature Triplets- Sunday Mirror Newspaper- Exclusive Real-Life Story- ***August 2012***

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Our three miracles: Meet Britain's most premature triplets who defied incredible odds to survive

Abigail, Elouise and Dylan Fraser made history when they were born at 24 weeks, weighing less than 2lbs each

Proud: Mum Hannah gives Abigail and Elouise a cuddle in hospital

Cradled in the arms of their doting parents are three little record breakers who have left the medical world astounded.

Abigail, Elouise and Dylan Fraser made history when they became Britain's most premature triplets ­following a dramatic birth.

Today they are three months old and going from strength to strength...still two weeks away from the day they should have been born.

But after their delivery in April at just 24 weeks and three days, doctors gently told their mum and dad Hannah and Stuart the odds on their survival were slim.

The babies were tiny, all weighing less than two pounds with their ­underdeveloped skin so thin it was almost transparent.

"They all looked so fragile. It didn't seem possible that they could live," says Hannah recalling her first sight of the triplets after their birth.

Miracle triplet baby Dylan
Miracle: Triplet Dylan

Phil Coburn/Sunday Mirror


"Part of me was elated, but I was also devastated they might not survive. I was crying and pleading with the doctors to make them live."

Stuart adds: "It was a shocking sight. It was as if you could see inside them. I couldn't believe they'd live."

But mum and dad needn't have worried. Because their astonishing trio had other ideas as they lay in their incubators in intensive care.

The little battlers brushed aside the kind of life-threatening complications that plague babies born so premature. And now Hannah and Stuart are daring to look forward to the day they'll be strong enough to leave hospital.

"We look at them and think: 'Wow, they're amazing'," says Hannah, 29, a mortgage underwriter. "They've been such brave little fighters. The thought of them all being at home is daunting but exciting too."

The couple conceived the triplets through IVF. Successful at their first attempt, they had no idea what lay in store. "Paul had been married before and knew he had a low sperm count," says Hannah. "He told me as soon as our relationship became ­serious two years ago.

"We had a private course of IVF using sperm from a donor. Then we just crossed our fingers."

Hannah was told she could do a pregnancy test 14 days later. After just three days, she couldn't bear the suspense any longer.

"I bought a £5 tester from the chemist," she says. "It was positive. We felt so lucky it worked first time."

When Hannah finally had a scan, the result was a shock. "I could see the monitor as the nurse scanned my tummy," says Hannah. "She suddenly stopped and looked a little closer, then said: 'Mmm. Interesting.' Then she called another nurse in.

"Both nurses had a close look at the screen and smiled.

Miracle triplet baby Abigail
Fighter: Triplet Abigail

Phil Coburn/Sunday Mirror


"They looked at me and said: 'Congratulations. It's triplets'. I was stunned at first, and then elated."

Two fertilised eggs had been placed in Hannah's womb. One developed normally and the other divided to create identical twin embryos.

Stuart says: "I was gobsmacked. We'd secretly hoped for twins but to be having triplets was amazing." But doctors told them a multiple pregnancy was risky and that it was important for Hannah to carry the triplets for at least 30 weeks out of the normal 40.

She was told if she gave birth less than 24 weeks, the chances of the babies surviving were tiny – and that doctors would be unable to take ­extreme measures to save them.

"It was very scary," says Hannah. "But at first I had no reason to worry. Apart from morning sickness, I felt fine and the first four months of the pregnancy were normal."

At 19 weeks, she and Stuart found out the sex of the babies and were thrilled. "Stuart was desperate for a boy," says Hannah. "To know we were having a boy and twin girls was fantastic."

But on April 13, a routine scan showed Hannah's cervix had begun dilating.

"That's when everything changed," she says. "I was 23 weeks and one day pregnant. That was six days short of the crucial 24 weeks.

"Suddenly, the doctors' focus was all on the babies rather than me. We knew they could arrive any time. They had to find a hospital equipped to care for very premature triplets. We were terrified."

Hannah, of Milton Keynes, Bucks, was rushed to the John Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford where doctors stitched the neck of her cervix to delay the triplets' arrival. But by April 21 – with just two days to go before the 24 weeks mark – she was still dilating dangerously.

"The doctors gave me steroid injections to give the babies' organs a last-minute boost," she says. "Then I just lay in bed and prayed for the best."

Miracle triplet baby Elouise
Stronger: Triplet Elouise

Phil Coburn/Sunday Mirror


Five days later, the triplets were born. "At 10am, the waters broke around Abigail," says Hannah.

Warehouseman Stuart was at home sleeping off a night shift and didn't hear his phone. Alone and terrified, Hannah was wheeled into the delivery suite.

"There must have been 20 people in there," she says. "There were three ­incubators lined-up ready, with a doctor and two nurses to each one. Then there were anaesthetists, and doctors, and nurses for me too. It was so crowded."

Within a few moments twins Abigail and Elouise were delivered by caesarean section, weighing 1lb 10oz and 1lb 12oz. Two minutes later, Dylan arrived weighing 1lb 14oz.

"I saw each of them being lifted from me and handed to the other doctors," says Hannah. "I remember seeing Abigail first and thinking how tiny she was. I was so scared they wouldn't survive."

Stuart made it to the hospital 15 minutes after the triplets were born. "We just clung onto each other and cried," she says. "The nurses told us they were in the best possible place and they would do everything they could."

They were two days younger than the next most premature UK triplets to survive. But as days turned into weeks, all three made amazing strides.


They gained weight and their tiny organs kept developing.

Three days ago, Elouise, now 5lb 8, came off her ventilator. She has also started bottle-feeding.

Dylan, 4lb 9, has had an operation to close a fluid duct in his chest, but is doing really well. And Abigail, although suffering from an infection, is now filling out and weighs a healthy 5lb 12. The babies have been transferred to Northampton General Hospital to be nearer to Hannah and Stuart's home

"We can lift them out of their incubators and give them a cuddle now," says Hannah. "They are coming on in leaps and bounds. We visit every day and often just sit and stare at them through the incubators in total awe.

"Ellie is doing really well and we're hoping to take her home in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully, the other two won't be far behind her.

"It feels like so long ago they were born and yet I'm still a fortnight off my due date. One day we'll tell them the fuss they caused… and how they made us the proudest parents in the world."

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