Twins with very special bond celebrate first birthday

Twin boys who were cared for in Royal Bolton Hospital’s neonatal unit have recently celebrated their first birthday, a day their family once thought they may not see.

Brothers Dylan and Deiniol Zimunya, from Wrexham, were born prematurely in October 2018 at the Maelor Hospital, after just 25 weeks of pregnancy. They were quickly transferred to the neonatal unit at the Royal Bolton Hospital who specialise in caring for extremely premature babies.

As Dylan started to improve he was eventually returned to his home town hospital to receive less intensive care, however his brother Deiniol remained in Bolton receiving 100% oxygen support and was unfortunately showing no signs of improvement.

When doctors told the family there was no more they could do for their baby boy, the team at Wrexham Maelor Bolton arranged with Royal Bolton Hospital for Dylan to be come back to Bolton and be with his twin for what they thought would be his last day.

Remarkably, after Dylan arrived Deiniol’s condition stabilised, dropping his oxygen support level to 50%. When Dylan left Deiniol’s condition worsened and once more he needed full support. The team once again made arrangements to have both twins cared for in Bolton, to give Deiniol the best possible chance of recovering. Deiniol was taken off oxygen within 48 hours and both boys were eventually well enough to move to their first home.

Deiniol still receives oxygen at home but is a lot stronger, and he celebrated his first birthday with his twin Dylan last month.

Mum, Hannah Zimunya said: “You don’t expect both of your babies to be taken away from you almost as soon as you’ve given birth to them, even worse that they were transferred to a completely different hospital nearly 60 miles away.

“When Dylan was transferred back to Bolton they were put together in the same incubator for a few minutes. It was incredible, somehow Dylan, by just being there, managed to help Deiniol, he made him better.

“I can’t explain how happy I am that they have celebrated their first birthdays, because there was a time where we didn’t know if both of them would get the chance to.

“It was the scariest time we have been through and we couldn’t be more thankful to all the staff at both The Wrexham Maelor and Royal Bolton hospitals. Without the support of the nurses I wouldn’t have got through everything. They really do become an extended part of the family.”

Cath Bainbridge, Matron of Royal Bolton Hospital’s Neonatal Unit said:

“Every day we care for very premature and sometimes very poorly babies, and their families, and we try to care for each of them as if they were our own.

“If there is something we can do for a family that can make their experience more hopeful, we try to do all in our power to make it happen. In the case of these two beautiful little boys it was beyond doubt the right thing to do.

“All the team wish them a very happy first birthday, and many more to come.”

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