A grateful mother is to return to Guy’s and St Thomas’s hopsitals to thank the staff who saved the lives of her baby girls.
Ella-Mae Michalski was told at 20 weeks pregnant that she would lose both of her girls imminently – but medical intervention ensured they were born safely.
The twins Bella and Ruby, born on Hallowe’en last year, were born fourteen-weeks-early with chronic lung disease, but are now thriving ahead of their first birthday.
“This Halloween, the girls will turn one and we are looking forward to a family celebration to mark the occasion,” said Ella-Mae who lives in Westminster.
“It is hard to believe how far we have come in a year – from a very frightening Halloween last year to one full of smiles and fun this year.”
She also thanked the Rainbow Trust, a charity which supports the families of children with serious illnesses. The family had help from the charity’s support worker, Fiona, while the twins were in hospital.
“Fiona gave us emotional support during the hardest time of our lives. We had no certainty the girls would make it, and this support made the world of difference to us,” she said.
“The magnitude of difficulty and the overwhelming rollercoaster that comes with having two sick children is unimaginably hard.”
The charity’s director of fundraising and marketing, Oonagh Goodman, added: “Ella-Mae has been through such an immensely tough time and we are so pleased that the twins are now thriving as they approach their first birthday.
“Our sincere thanks go out to Ella-Mae for helping us to raise awareness of the vital support we offer to families when they have a seriously ill child.”
More details on the charity, which is funded through donations, can be found here.