Twins joy for tragic couple

Proud parents Tasha Rumble and  partner Peter Allen with twins Leo Alfie Allen and Lillie-Mae Allen(left). Picture by Tom Collins.

Proud parents Tasha Rumble and partner Peter Allen with twins Leo Alfie Allen and Lillie-Mae Allen(left). Picture by Tom Collins.

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A COUPLE who suffered the tragedy of a stillborn baby are delighted to welcome beautiful twins Lilly-Mae and Leo Allen into the world.

Tasha Rumble, 24, and Peter Allen, 25, say they have been “blessed” with the birth of the gorgeous twins after suffering tragedy when their first son Alfie Thomas Allen was stillborn on March 1 last year.

The adorable pair were delivered by caesarian section last Monday at the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, with Lilly-Mae being born at 2.09pm and weighing 5lb 2oz, and Leo making his entrance just three minutes later weighing 4lb 4oz.

Tasha said: “It was really emotional, it was and is such a blessing to have them both.

“It’s lovely as well that they’ve both got features of Alfie, especially Leo, so that is a nice reminder.”

Tasha said the birth was nerve-wracking after what she and Peter went through with Alfie, especially waiting for the babies to cry.

“Obviously Alfie’s cry never came and that was just devastating,” said Tasha, of Lancaster Court, Hartlepool.

“When Lilly-Mae came out she didn’t cry straight away and I was panicking and asking the midwives ‘what’s wrong with her why isn’t she crying?’

“But then it came and it was the most lovely feeling ever. Leo came out crying so there was no worry with him!”

Tasha and the twins had to stay in hospital for two days before they were discharged.

And now they are settled at home, Tasha says the pair are as “good as gold”, sleep a lot and are happy suckling their one-and-a-half ounces of milk every few hours.

The maternal and paternal bliss for Tasha and Peter is in stark contrast to what they went through with tragic Alfie, who was born weighing 4lb 8oz.

Doctors believed he had died due to problems with Tasha’s blood being too thick and caused Alfie to die in the late stages of the pregnancy.

So, for the whole of this pregnancy, she has had to take an aspirin every day to thin her blood and reduce the risk to the babies.