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N&N saved our triplets

PUBLISHED: 19:00 30 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:07 22 October 2010

They arrived eight weeks early and weighed less than 8lbs between them. And on Friday, the parents of Shona, Sacha and Lucas hailed the staff at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for saving the lives of their tiny triplets.

They arrived eight weeks early and weighed less than 8lbs between them.

And on Friday, the parents of Shona, Sacha and Lucas hailed the staff at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for saving the lives of their tiny triplets.

Mother Julie Spurling had a caesarean section at the N&N on June 1, only to see the new arrivals spend the first few weeks of their lives in intensive care because their bodies could not retain their own body heat.

Mrs Spurling, 41, had to have a caesarean operation because the smallest of the triplets, Sacha, was not getting blood through the placenta and would have died if she had stayed in the womb.

Now little fighter Sacha is the only one of the trio who needs to be in an incubator for help keeping warm and Mrs Spurling said she hoped to take her little boy and two little girls home within a few weeks.

When they were born Sacha weighed only 1lb 12oz, Shona 2lb 13oz and Lucas 2lb 14oz but the trio have already almost doubled their weights to 2lb 11oz, 4lb 8oz and 4lb 4oz respectively.

Mrs Spurling said: “They are the first triplets in our family and we love them to bits. I cannot wait to take them home.

“It was amazing when I first saw them. It was a lovely birth and they were all well and breathed on their own. It was marvellous.”

The proud mother said when she was eight weeks pregnant doctors had thought that she and

her husband Gary, 38, were having twins, so it came as something of a shock when they were told there would be a third new arrival.

It was at the same time as Mr Spurling lost two fingers and part of his hand in an engineering accident. Mr Spurling also had to learn how to walk again after he was involved in a lorry crash in October 2000.

Mrs Spurling, who used to live in Norwich and worked at the Little Plumstead Hospital, said: “We have had bad luck but we have lots of good luck too. At 12 weeks we found out that we were having triplets and we were thrilled to bits.”

Mrs Spurling, who now lives in Dickleburgh, South Norfolk, said she was fully-prepared to look after three lots of nappies, bottles and baths when she takes her children home.

The busy mum, who went back to work as company secretary for the civil engineering company she runs with her husband just eight days after giving birth, has already mastered the art of the working mum.

She has enlisted her own mum Val Hewitt, 63, to help with the tots too. Big sister Ella, seven, is also ready to help out with her new brother and sisters.

More UK women than ever before are having twins or triplets.

In 2004, 10,381 sets of twins were born and for the first time in six years, triplet pregnancies also increased, with 162 sets of triplets born.


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