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After a scary start, premmie twins are back home in M'boro

Kurtis Alexanderson and Josephine Fawns embrace twins Owen and Lucas.
Kurtis Alexanderson and Josephine Fawns embrace twins Owen and Lucas. Alistair Brightman

ASLEEP and cuddled in his mother's arms, it's hard to believe how close five-month-old Lucas Fawns came to death.

Lucas and his twin brother Owen were born eight weeks premature on December 23.

Their mother Josephine Fawns, 19, and their father Kurtis Alexanderson, 17, had to be airlifted from Hervey Bay Hospital to Royal Brisbane Women's and Children's Hospital because of the early labour.

It was Kurtis's first time on a plane and Josephine remembers holding his hand and telling him to breathe and stay calm.

The identical twins were born relatively healthy, despite being premature.

But when Lucas was a week old, he stopped breathing after suffering a brain haemorrhage, or bleeding on the brain.

"It was very scary," Josephine said.

Her son had to be revived and later underwent surgery to have a shunt placed in his brain.

To add to the family's pain, Owen also had a brain haemorrhage, but it was far less severe than his brother's.

The family had to stay in hospital for three months while the twins recovered, with Owen the first to go home and Lucas following a few weeks later.

Kurtis's mother Tina Greenhalgh said she couldn't be anything but proud of how Josephine and her son had handled the health problems of their babies, but that it wouldn't have been possible without the love and support of family, friends and workmates.

Josephine makes regular visits to Hervey Bay Hospital and to hospital in Brisbane for check ups and Lucas has to undergo MRIs to check on the health of his brain.

The slightest fever sends the family to the emergency ward because it could indicate Lucas's shunt is blocked.

Now home with his family in Maryborough, Tina said his health was rapidly improving.

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