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Mum, 23, forced to turn off twin baby’s lifesaving device after premature birth

Kirsty Black, 23, from Carluke, South Lanarkshire, said goodbye to baby Ava on New Year’s Day as her surviving twin Ayla was brought home three months later

Kirsty Black with surviving twin Ayla

A mum has told of her heartache after turning off life support for one of her newborn twins.

Kirsty Black, 23, gave birth to daughters Ayla and Ava at 25 weeks.

The first mum was rushed to University Hospital in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, for an emergency Caesarean section before giving birth to the girls on December 28.

Tragically, both babies suffered brain bleeds.

Ava, who weighed just one pound and 11 ounces, suffered the most and her heart stopped for 12 minutes at birth due to lack of oxygen.

Within five days, she had become “completely brain damaged”.

Kirsty and her partner Kevin Allan, 34, had to make the devastating decision to ‘let her go’ at 1am on New Years Day into her mother’s arms.







Kirsty told of her heartache over losing one of her beloved twins
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Ayla, who weighed just 1 pound and 10 ounces, also suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, although it was less severe.

The couple were able to take her home to Carluke, South Lanarkshire, 93 days later.

Ayla now weighs over seven pounds and suffers from chronic lung disease.

Kirsty said: “I held Ava while they turned off her machines. It was better to pull her out of all the machines and let her slip away. They said it could be fast or she could hold for a few hours.







Baby Ayla when she was born
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Baby Ava who tragically passed away after her life support was disabled on New Years Day
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“I felt she took her last little breath just after midnight as I told her to hold on. I didn’t want her birthday to be New Years but she was pronounced just after 1am in the morning.

“We knew we had to be strong for Ayla and not give up hope. The nurses were very supportive and made sure she got home.

“I don’t know where I found the strength. Ayla beat all the odds and luckily only had a small brain bleed, but he recovered.

“We are lucky that throughout her journey she has been extremely well behaved and very strong considering she was born 15 weeks early.”







Kirsty holding Ava and her mother Margaret Black holding Ayla
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Kirsty praised the team working in Wishaw’s neonatal unit.

She added: “It was a very, very long journey as a newborn but the staff made us feel safe when we lost Ava.

“I have never felt so supported by all the nurses and doctors. They looked after our daughters like they were their own and I will be forever grateful to an amazing team.







The young mother and her daughter Ayla, who survived a brain hemorrhage
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“Some days were harder than others because it’s a terrifying experience. You don’t know what to expect the next day, you just had to have hope.

“We are also hosting a race night to raise awareness of the amazing work they do every day, not only for my babies but for all other babies and families going through the newborn.

“It’s just a little something in return to say thank you although nothing would ever be enough to thank them for everything.”

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