December 22 2013 Latest news:
Alex Hurrell, Reporter
Monday, October 14, 2013
Miracle mum Nina Whear, who survived a potentially fatal heart condition when her twins were born, has reached two new milestones.
Mrs Whear was only given a seven percent chance of surviving open heart surgery which was carried out minutes after her babies were delivered by emergency Caesarean section in January 2009.
She remembers her husband Andy being called to her bedside so that they could say their goodbyes.
But nearly five years on Mrs Whear, 42, of The Street, Lammas, near Coltishall, is an active and devoted mum to energetic twins Alfie and Evie.
Last month the family reached one milestone when the twins started at school in nearby Buxton. And now, with more time on her hands, she is embarking on another stage in life by starting a cottage industry, Pixie Keepsakes, making personalised jewellery and other items featuring children’s fingerprints.
“I know just how precious life is. I never expected to be here seeing my children grow up. It’s so important to capture special memories forever and I wanted to help other people to do that,” she said.
Mrs Whear also plans to develop another skill she has learned, teaching “laughter yoga” to organisations.
The technique, which used yoga breathing, released relaxing endorphins and reduced stress and tension too, said Mrs Whear.
It was recommended to her by an Egyptian consultant at the IVF clinic which helped the Whears conceive their twins.
Mrs Whear has been left with health problems which make it dangerous for her to lift and said she found laughter yoga a “great internal workout.”
She was nine months pregnant when she fell gravely ill and was diagnosed with an aortic dissection - a tear in the wall of the aorta which affects blood flow and can kill.
That crisis came four years after Mr Whear, 43, was treated for a brain tumour, which he survived.
Alfie and Evie were six days old before they met their mum and Mrs Whear was not able to lift them until they were 11 months old.
“They are the most special things in the whole world to me. I do get very tired, but it’s worth it,” she said.
“At the end of every single day I think: ‘This is a day I could have missed.’ I am so grateful for the time I’ve had to get to know them.”
■ For more information ring Mrs Whear on 07711 598 300 or visit www.pixiekeepsakes.co.uk and www.norfolklaughterclub.com