Tragic twin couple expect 3rd child

A COUPLE who tragically lost their premature twins are today hoping for a brighter future as they are expecting another child.

A COUPLE who tragically lost their premature twins are today hoping for a brighter future as they are expecting another child.

Parents Charles Mitson and Stephanie Tychowskifrom Sudbury are still coming to terms with their grief for babies Ethan and Lily, who were born 16 weeks early and died within five weeks of each other.

However the glimmer of light on the horizon is that Miss Tychowski, 20, is now 15 weeks pregnant and all fingers are crossed to ensure things go smoothly.

The pair, who live in Talbot Road, are also determined to continue raising money for the neo natal unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital, where the twins were treated.

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Mr Mitson, 30, said: “When the twins died, it was hell. This is something you never get over.

“We were very happy when we found out about the pregnancy but a bit anxious. Doctors are keeping a closer eye on Steph. We know we are expecting one this time and hope everything will be ok. I am really proud of Steph.”

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Miss Tychowski went into labour at 24 weeks and was taken to West Suffolk Hospital before being transferred to Addenbrooke's. When she eventually gave birth five days later, doctors warned them about possible outcomes but they were still shocked and devastated when just eight days later, on December 6 2008, Ethan lost his fight with an infection and died.

His sister Lily appeared to be making good progress but then five weeks later their lives were turned upside down again when she contracted a disease unexpectedly which led to a ruptured bowel. She died on January 9, much to the shock of everyone at the hospital and grief-stricken parents, who were forced to say goodbye to a second child in just over a month.

Since suffering the double tragedy, Mr Mitson said they channelled their profound sadness into fundraising for the hospital as a way of thanking staff for all their care and support.

He added: “We thought about fundraising for the hospital straight away because the staff were really good to us and supported us all the way through. I am hoping to do a skydive in September and want to raise as much money as possible.”

The twins' grandmother, Joyce Mitson, has also vowed to raise money for the neo-natal unit.

She has already raised �1,323.10 following a sixties music night at Glemsford Social Club and is planning a further fundraiser for September.

Mrs Mitson, 67, said: “I have the highest praise for Addenbrooke's as they did their best and the paediatrician was absolutely shocked when Lily died.

“To have one baby die is heartbreaking, two is horrendous - absolutely devastating. We have been through such a hard time.”

Both she and her husband Bill, 65, from Cobblers Road, Acton, near Sudbury, were overwhelmed when news of their charity event last month spread around their village and residents started turning up on their doorstep with suggested raffle prizes.

She thanked everyone for their support with the event and hopes this will continue with future events held in memory of Ethan and Lily.

She added: “They are two little stars in heaven now.”

Anyone wishing to help the cause can contact Mrs Mitson on 01787 310457.

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