Identical Twin Boys Diagnosed With Cancer Just Three Weeks After Birth

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A couple knew the full meaning of heartbreak when her new born twin boys were diagnosed with cancer just three weeks after they were born.

The couple who were overjoyed with the birth of their twins is still trying to grapple with the news that their two lovely babies, Emre and Elijah, are struggling with cancer.

So, instead of enjoying cradling their newborns at her mum’s home in Salendine Nook, Nicole and Nile, her partner, are now living full-time at Leeds General Infirmary as doctors begin a program of chemotherapy treatment.

The babies were found to have leukamia

Nicole, a 20-year-old first-time mum, said: “I was classed as a high-risk pregnancy but everything went well and I had a really great pregnancy though I was in Calderdale Royal Hospital for 11 days after they were born.

“I was just looking forward to being a mum, going shopping for baby clothes.

“I was so excited I couldn’t wait to dress them in the same clothes and show them off to my friends.”

The sickness had started as a lump on the younger twin’s cheek. After a while, the two boys developed tummy ache and a cold that never seemed to disappear.

The babies started having health challenges three weeks after birth

Though their GP tried to reassure them that nothing was wrong, but their fears grew, especially when the spot on Elijah’s cheek grew bigger and Emre got one too.

Blood tests were carried out at the end of February but nothing was found and they were referred to a dermatologist in Leeds.

It was thought the boys might be suffering from fat necrosis – where the body struggles to break down fat particles.

However, on 22 April, vomiting problems became more acute and Nicole was unable to put Emre down without him crying.

Nicole said: “He was so clingy. I couldn’t put him down without him crying. I had to get my mum to hold him while I went to the toilet.”

However, on 22 April, vomiting problems became more acute and Nicole was unable to put Emre down without him crying.

Nicole said: “He was so clingy. I couldn’t put him down without him crying. I had to get my mum to hold him while I went to the toilet.”

Subsequently, his breathing became very heavy and the panicked mum had to call 101 for advice.

The operator heard his breathing on the phone, realized the severity of his condition and ordered an emergency ambulance.

Medics at Calderdale gave him a chest x-ray and blood test and he was diagnosed with Bronchiolitis. He brother followed suit with the same symptoms and was also admitted n hospital.

Further blood tests that were run now revealed that the twins had leukemia.

“You always hear about these things but I never dreamt it would happen to me.

“And when one of the consultants said she was worried about Emre’s blood too and he began displaying the same symptoms, I was just a mess.

“It was confirmed they both had acute myeloid leukaemia. Knowing that they had cancer, our world fell apart.

The babies are currently having chemotherapy sessions

“The only good news was that although the doctors said the condition was very hard to treat in babies it was not impossible.

“That’s why we are in a good mood today because the chemotherapy is working and the lumps are starting to disappear.

“But the hard part is going to be in a couple of weeks’ time when its side-effects kick in.

The couple said though they are quite devastated at what is happening to their beloved babies, but they promised to stay strong for their sake, and hope that they can overcome the side effects of chemotherapy. 

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