Coronavirus-hit mum 'feared the worst' after giving birth to first UK twins born with Covid

A MUM who was infected with Coronavirus "feared the worst" after giving birth to her twin daughters.

Newborns Kenna and Lissa Curtis tested positive for Covid-19, the first in the UK to be born with the virus.

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Sarah Curtis, 32, and husband Aaron, 33, were horrified when tests showed she was positive for coronavirus just days before giving birth back in July.

Doctors at Sarah's hospital were unsure if she would pass it to her unborn baby girls.

But they confirmed tiny Kenna and Lissa had it when they arrived ten weeks early weighing just 3lbs.

Sarah, of Distington, Cumbria, said: “I was more scared of having Covid than my waters breaking – I was so nervous.

“When I got the confirmation that I had coronavirus I was so angry with myself.

“I didn’t know what it meant exactly. It was so nerve wracking and I was fearing the worst.

“No-one knew what would happen as my girls were the first babies to be born with it.”

Sarah, a stay-at-home mum-of-five, had already had a tough pregnancy because she had twin-to-twin syndrome.

The prenatal condition means the unborn twins share unequal amounts of the placenta's blood supply resulting in them growing at different rates.

She had to travel 300 miles from West Cumberland Hospital to London to get a laser surgery to try and correct the problem.


But despite the treatment Sarah was told she could still lose one of the twins.

She said: “It was a miracle that both survived – and the last week in hospital felt like a prison sentence.

”But thankfully the staff were just brilliant. They made us feel comfortable despite all of the anxiety.”

Her girls were closely monitored after they tested positive for coronavirus.

But thankfully they battled through and are now fit and well and growing by the day after being allowed him.

Dad Aaron, a security guard, missed the birth as he wasn’t allowed into the maternity ward due to Covid restrictions.

He said: “It was so hard because she had to do it all herself. I was waiting and didn’t know what was happening.

“But when I saw them finally I was so proud. That feeling when you’re a dad is unparalleled.”

Sarah added: "The hospital staff were fantastic.

“They were incredible from start to finish and made us feel so comfortable despite all of the anxiety surrounding the pregnancy

“In the end, it was all worth it. It’s been a surreal year but we’ve come away with two beautiful, healthy girls.”


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