Two Queensland ‘miracle’ babies will spend their first ever Christmas at home with their families after spending over 100 days in hospital.
The twin babies were due four days after Christmas, but 16 weeks ahead of schedule, the two little tots were born on September 11 and were pint-sized.
Brisbane GP Neha Goel, 36, said their babies, Aaliya, born weighing just 785g, and baby Aashay, born just 680g, had sepsis after birth. Aashay also had meningitis and became “very sick”.
“Anytime they got sick, it was a touch and go. It happened so often that it was scary,” said Dr. goel
“Sometimes I wish I didn’t have a medical background; That would have made things a lot easier for me. I was overwhelmed by having my babies in the hospital.
dr Goel said there were times when she thought Aaliya and Aashay would not survive, but her husband Ben Aggarwal, 36, said it meant the world to bring them home for the holiday season.
The two child prodigies have been cared for 24/7 at the Mater Mothers’ Hospital in Brisbane for over 100 days, but are able to spend Christmas at their family home with their 3.5-year-old sister Siara.
dr Goel said she has a newfound respect for parents whose children are admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
“It really opened my eyes to what is going on here. You just don’t know until you’ve been through it yourself. We were in good hands from the moment we came to Mater, my husband was the level headed one and kept reminding me of that,” she said.
Since birth, Aashay and Aaliya have grown from strength to strength and now weigh over 3kg each.
“They grow so strong, it’s so nice to see them together and thrive,” she said.
“We almost lost Aashay but he is much better now and will need oxygen at home. Aaliya does not require oxygen support. It’s been a long road, but it’s just so nice to have them here and together again.
“Siara kept asking ‘Mom, when are my babies coming home’ and I always had to tell her they might come home after Christmas, so I didn’t get my hopes up.
“She will be so happy when her Christmas wish comes true.”
The Acting Director of Neonatology at Mater Hospital, Dr. Luke Jardine said there were eight sets of twins at NICU this Christmas.
“For many families, this will be their first Christmas in the hospital because they are early or ill,” said Dr. Jardine.
“It can be an emotional and challenging time, along with a sense of hope that her baby will be cared for in the hospital.”
Originally released as Miracle Twins to spend Christmas at home after 100 days in the hospital