Lifestyle

Identical twins face toughest test yet

Twins Tammin Butt and Skye Turner posed for this picture shortly before discovering they were both suffering from a rare medical condition.
Twins Tammin Butt and Skye Turner posed for this picture shortly before discovering they were both suffering from a rare medical condition. Contributed

IDENTICAL twins Tammin Butt and Skye Turner have shared many a milestone but their bond crossed new bounds this year when a rare medical condition saw them both giving birth to baby boys, 14 weeks early.

The twins, who grew up in Hervey Bay, were overjoyed when they discovered they were both expecting, with Tammin due in June and Skye in September, but elation soon turned to panic when Tammin was diagnosed with early onset pre-eclampsia.

Within hours, Tammin was being injected with steroids and told she may have the baby that night.

"I was in complete shock ... I had never heard of it before," Tammin said

"I just kept thinking 'but he's not ready yet'."

Days later, Tammin was left with no choice but to deliver baby Jye and hope he could be saved.

For a few frightening weeks, nurses struggled to get the newborn, who at one point weighed as little as 440g, to accept food but eventually he turned a corner.

While doctors said the condition was not believed to be genetic, Tammin urged Skye to see the doctor who soon confirmed she too had developed the condition - incredibly, both babies stopped growing in the womb at exactly 22 weeks and three days - and six weeks later, she gave birth to tiny Taylan.

Unlike his slightly older cousin, Taylan has had no trouble with food but his little lungs are still struggling.

Tammin, who was allowed to take Jye home after more than three months in hospital, said the family hoped to see Taylan home with his parents within weeks.

The twins are realistic about what is to come - the common flu could prove deadly - but for now, they are just happy they are alive.

Both babies require special formula, 24-hour oxygen and costly medical procedures.

Anyone interested in helping the twins can visit http://www.gofundme.com/g4kj50

Jye Scoringe, born on March 28.
Jye Scoringe, born on March 28.

Topics:  birth, editors picks, twins



UPDATE: Asbestos causes havoc for Coast business owners

CLOSED: Pleading for some empathy from the Fraser Coast Council, Raylene and Mick Draper from Coffie Fixx in Adelaide Street, Maryborough, wait for answers on the discovery of asbestos outside their shop.

The business was closed due to asbestos

Police reveal grim reality of job: coming home never a given

REMEMBRANCE SERVICE: Queensland police officers and staff members march from the service.

The service honoured officers who have died and those who serve.

Ever tried calisthenics? Now's your chance

Fraser Coast Calisthenics Club is holding a mini tombola and dance display at Maryborough Town Hall on Sunday 20 July.
Doors open 1.30pm for 2pm start.

"The community doesn't realise the discipline that goes into it."

Local Partners

Cliff Richard to release 101st album

Sir Cliff Richard's album cover

Sir Cliff Richard is to release his 101st album

CMC Rocks faces fan backlash over date change, headliners

The 10th annual CMC Rocks festival will be headlined by The Dixie Chicks.

FANS are not happy about festival being pushed back by two weeks.

Kim Kardashian West attacked by man trying to kiss her bottom

Vitalii Sediuk targeted Gigi Hadid last week

Madonna poses naked in solidarity with Katy Perry

Madonna posted her own nude selfie on Instagram

Carlos Santana added to Bluesfest 2017 line up

Carlos Santana at Bluesfest 2013.

Calling all local black magic women

Disney to remake 'The Lion King', and it's live-action

The Lion King is coming back to movie theatres

And this time it's going to be live-action.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Huge Gunalda service station set to open by December

NEW STATION: The Gunalda Service Centre, owned by United Petroleum, will include a 350-seat eating area and a truckers lounge.

The massive servo is the biggest United development in Queensland.

Property leader says Fraser Coast market is looking up

Positivity is the buzz word in the Fraser Coast housing market

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual