Thursday 29 September 2016

'Our long awaited little soldiers' - Twin boys (2) who drowned in fish pond were IVF 'miracle'

Paul Ward

Published 12/03/2016 | 20:20

Shaun and Rhys Scott (Photo Facebook)
Shaun and Rhys Scott (Photo Facebook)
Police outside a house (left) in Dalgety Bay in Fife where two-year-old twin boys drowned after falling into a fish pond in a garden in Fife Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
A woman leaves some flowers with police Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
A girl leaves flowers Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
A police officer moves flowers Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The parents of two-year-old twin boys who drowned after falling into a fish pond have paid tribute to their "miracle babies" as it emerges the young boys were conceived using IVF.

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Sarah Aitken and Mervyn Scott said they are "devastated" by the loss of their "long awaited little soldiers who were full of love, happiness, fun and cheek", adding they will be "forever missed and loved".

Rhys and Shaun drowned after falling into a fish pond in a garden in Fife. It is understood the pond is in the back garden of the house.

The twins’ parents said: “We would like to thank everyone for their support at this unfortunate and difficult time. We have special thanks to all the medical staff, family, friends, neighbours and the police for their efforts, hard work and time spent helping and trying to revive our miracle babies.

“Both boys were long awaited little soldiers who were full of love, happiness, fun and cheek. Individually and together they have touched the lives of everyone they met.

“We along with our family and friends are still in shock and devastated at such a tragic loss from such a ‘freak’ accident. They have been taken from us far too early and will be forever missed and loved. We wish to be left alone and be given the privacy needed to grieve.”

Police outside a house (left) in Dalgety Bay in Fife where two-year-old twin boys drowned after falling into a fish pond in a garden in Fife Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police outside a house (left) in Dalgety Bay in Fife where two-year-old twin boys drowned after falling into a fish pond in a garden in Fife Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Emergency services were called to the scene in Dalgety Bay at around 8.20am on Saturday after brothers Rhys and Shaun Scott were found.

They were rushed to Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy but later died, Police Scotland said.

A woman leaves some flowers with police Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
A woman leaves some flowers with police Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Local MSP Alex Rowley described the incident as ''every parent's worst nightmare''.

Officers are supporting the parents as police try to find out exactly what happened.

A girl leaves flowers Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
A girl leaves flowers Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Images on social media showed the a cul-de-sac at the scene cordoned off with police tape and officers standing guard at the front of the home.

Dalgety Bay councillor Dave Dempsey said the community was shocked.

A police officer moves flowers Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
A police officer moves flowers Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

He told the Daily Record: ''It is enormously sad and my heart goes out to the family.

''I cannot begin to imagine what the family are going through - it is everyone's worst nightmare. The whole community is shocked.

''As local councillors, we were all notified that two young children had fallen into a pond and died. To think it is twin boys is heartbreaking.''

Mr Rowley said: ''This is awful news and is every parent's worst nightmare.

''The loss of two young lives from the same family is just heartbreaking. My thoughts and prayers, and those of the whole community, are with the family.''

Police and ambulance crews were called to the scene to help the boys.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: ''We received a call around 8.20am on Saturday following a report of concern for two children at an address in Dalgety Bay, Fife.

''Two male twins, aged two had reportedly drowned in a fish pond and officers attended with the Scottish Ambulance Service.

''The children were taken to the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy where they sadly died."

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