A surviving twin who battled for life after being born almost four months early will be breathing for himself for the first time this year.
Bobby Battersby, who celebrated his second birthday on December 27, was born weighing just 1lb 8oz and faced a major battle for life with many frightening moments when his family feared they would lose him.
After spending months in hospital on a ventilator, Bobby was finally allowed home on Father’s Day last year, but ever since he has had to rely on an oxygen tank to help him breathe.
Bobby has recently come off oxygen and his delighted parents say they are looking forward to their first New Year with Bobby breathing unaided.
However, they admitted the festive season will be a bittersweet time for them as Christmas Eve marks the day when Bobby’s twin sister Esmee was born only to lose her fight less than two hours later.
Mum Kim Jump, 24, of South View Terrace, Leyland, said: “Christmas is a very emotional time for us and we are overjoyed that Bobby has come on in leaps and bounds.
“He is our little miracle and we are so lucky to have him.”
Dad Robert Battersby, who lives in Chorley and recently had a baby son with partner Jade Finnerty, said: “He was on a ventilator and on drips and wired up to machines and it was a very frightening time.”
The family’s ordeal began when Kim’s waters suddenly broke on December 22 and she was rushed into hospital where doctors initially thought she had swine flu.
Baby Esmee was born on Christmas Eve weighing a tiny 1lb 4oz and only managed to live for an hour and 40 minutes.
Kim said: “I had only recently had a scan where I had found out I was having a boy and a girl.
“Esmee gasped for air at one point, but she was too tiny and died peacefully.
“We were heartbroken at Esmee’s death and our fear was that we would lose Bobby too.”
As Bobby and Esmee were non-identical twins in their own amniotic sacs, doctors were able to keep him in his mum’s womb for a few days longer to give him the best chance of life.
Bobby was born three days after his sister and spent the first few months of his life battling to live.
When Bobby was eventually allowed home, he was continually accompanied by a tank of oxygen which helped him breath via a tube.
For a long time, he was on it 24 hours a day, then he just had to go on it at night and now he is finally able to breathe for himself.