Thursday 18 July 2019

Big brother celebrates arrival of his twin after two years

Oliver Best (2) and his new-born brother Isaac, who were conceived at the same time through IVF. Photo: PA
Oliver Best (2) and his new-born brother Isaac, who were conceived at the same time through IVF. Photo: PA

Alexander Britton in London

A family is celebrating the arrival of an unusual set of twins - who were born two years apart.

Oliver Best (2) and his new-born brother Isaac were conceived at the same time through IVF and are considered to be twins as they were born from the same batch of embryos.

Their parents, Rachael and Richard Best, had been trying for a child for four years and had gone through six attempts at IVF before she became pregnant.

On the seventh cycle, full-time mother Rachael gave birth to 7lb 6oz Oliver in March 2014, with another two embryos then frozen at Leicester Fertility Centre.

The 35-year-old said: "We tried naturally for four years to no avail, then we went through a year of different tests and it came back as unexplained infertility, which was devastating because we didn't know what was wrong.

"We started the gruelling process of IVF. We had six rounds which resulted in a culmination of either it worked and I miscarried early on - or it failed."

The couple then had a "last-ditch attempt" which resulted in Oliver, with a further cycle leading to the birth of brother Isaac nearly two years on, weighing 8lb 9oz.

Most twins share a birthday and Oliver and his brother were close as Isaac was due on March 22. But he arrived five days early and is settling well in the family home in Leicester.

Mrs Best said: "They were born two years apart almost to the day, it's really extra special.

"He's sleeping fantastically and Oliver is brilliant with him.

"It's really surreal because they are two years apart, but when I look back at photos of Oliver at Isaac's age you really notice the resemblance in them. It's quite amazing.

"We were worried about how he would react because Oliver has had our sole attention for the past two years but he's fantastic, always hugging him. Every time Isaac cries, he is there like a shot."

Irish Independent

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