Birthday joy for miracle twins born 87 days apart
THE mother of the miracle twins born 87 days apart has told how the family celebrated her oldest daughter's first birthday by blowing out her candles with the doctors who saved her life.
Amy Elliot turned one last Saturday but the family have to wait until August 27 to celebrate her twin sister Katie's first birthday.
Her mother Maria Jones-Elliott (34) said yesterday that the family went back to the neo-natal unit in Waterford Regional Hospital where Amy was born four months early – weighing just 1lb 3oz – for her first birthday party.
"We had a little cake and we wanted to go back and say thank you very much because 9.16am on June 1, 2012 was a lot different to 9.16am this year.
"Only for them . . . they were just phenomenal. They were amazing," she said of Dr Animitra Das and his team.
Doctors have described their survival as the "medical equivalent of a lottery win" and they are now in the Guinness Book of Records for the longest interval between the birth of twins.
Maria, from Glenmore, Co Kilkenny, appeared on the ITV Show Daybreak with her husband Chris.
She said she was fully convinced Katie was going to follow her sister Amy into the world when she arrived prematurely. The contractions stopped and Katie stayed in the womb for another three months.
Maria said their personalities reflect the way they both arrived into the world.
"Amy is the boss and she is the strong, determined one, thankfully because that is why she is here. Katie is very laid back. Their personalities really suit the story."