A MUM of “miracle” twins has organised a charity night to raise cash for the specialist ward that cared for the babies she never thought she would have.
Katrina Wilson – mum of 10-month-old IVF tots Ollie and Marcee Wilkinson – has arranged the psychic night at the Staincliffe Hotel next month and all the proceeds will be given to the neo-natal unit at the University Hospital of North Tees.
The 200-seat event, for which there are just 50 tickets left, will see psychic Peter Crawford as the star attraction, and raffle prizes including tickets for Beamish, Next and Marks and Spencers gift sets, a Middlesbrough Football Club signed pennant and £100 Studio vouchers,
The 29-year-old, who lives with the twins’ dad, Stephen Wilkinson, 38, in Chepstow Walk, Throston, Hartlepool, told the Mail: “When I’d had the twin’s and they were being cared for in the neo-natal unit we really bonded with the staff, they were absolutely amazing and ended up like extended family.
“I wanted to organise the event to give something back and to show how grateful we are for everything they did.”
She added: “I went to see Peter Crawford about four months after I’d had the twins and he knew how old they were, that they were really small when they were born and that it was a quick delivery. He was really good. “People like that kind of thing and it’s all for a good cause so they should come along.”
Katrina, a care assistant, and delivery driver Stephen, suffered two eptopic pregnancies and two miscarriages over six years of trying for a family.
However, Katrina fell pregnant after being referred to the assisted reproduction unit at the University Hospital of Hartlepool within the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.
Experts used a technique called blastocysm, in which eggs were taken from Katrina and fertilised before being transferred to the womb. The process meant doctors could identify which of the 21 eggs they had taken were most likely to cause further miscarriages and which could lead to a successful pregnancy.
The twins were born 12 weeks early on March 10, three days after Katrina’s waters broke. Ollie came into the world weighing in at 2lbs 12ozs and Marcee at 2lbs 8ozs.
Ten months later and the pair are “doing really well” with Ollie now weighing 19lb and Marcee, 17lb.
And although Marcee is the lighter of the two, Katrina said her little daughter is the “boss”.
“They’re brilliant and they’re both crawling all over and are into everything,” she said. “They’re doing really well and they get on great but Marcee’s the boss and keeps Ollie in his place. She knows what she wants.”
Anyone who would like to get their hands on one of the remaining tickets for the charity night, which is being held on Tuesday, February 22, between 7.30pm and 11.30pm, should pop along to The Staincliffe Hotel, in Seaton Carew.