Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Identical twins for doctors

TWO Henley doctors have spoken of their joy after producing identical twin girls.

TWO Henley doctors have spoken of their joy after producing identical twin girls.

Michael and Victoria Hillier, of Milton Close, say they are “over the moon” after the births of Holly Beatrice and Grace Charlotte three weeks ago.

The couple already have a two-year-old daughter, Rose.

Mr Hillier, 34, a partner at the Hart Surgery, said: “To have one baby is special, to have twoâ?¦ we are so lucky. We are over the moon.

“They have been such good girls, just waking up when they are hungry to feed and then going straight back to sleep.

“They are starting to look more similar but, of course, we know which one is which.

“People are saying ‘just wait until they get a little bit older and they’ll start playing tricks on you’. We’re just enjoying every day with them.

“There seem to be a lot of twins in Henley. Our next-door neighbour has got identical twins as well. The other neighbours are thinking there must be something in the water!”

Mrs Hillier, 34, who worked as a locum at the Bell Surgery before taking maternity leave, discovered she was having identical twins at her 12-week scan in November at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

“The lady put the scanner on my stomach and said, ‘oh, there’s two’. I was completely speechless.”

Mr Hillier added: “At the time I was thinking ‘I’m going to be outnumbered here if they are girls. We’ll have to get a dog or something — anything manly that I can surround myself with’.”

The girls were born at 34 weeks at the John Radcliffe on April 15, Holly weighing 5lb 7oz and her sister 5lb 2oz.

They were monitored at the hospital and then in the special care baby unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading for two weeks.

The babies had help with their feeding and extra oxygen to help with their breathing before their parents brought them home last week.

Mr Hillier said: “Rose has been wanting to cuddle them non-stop since they got home and she has been fascinated with them.

“We’re lucky as we have been able to use a lot of Rose’s things again but, yes, it has basically been doubling up on everything.”

His wife added: “Lots of friends have chipped in and offered various bits and bobs. We’ve definitely been keeping an eye out for the ‘buy one, get one free’ offers and will be for the next 18 years!”

Incidences of twins are one in 90 pregnancies but identical twins are rarer at one in every 250.

Mrs Hillier’s mother Enid Ashall is an identical twin but the trait is not hereditary.

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