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miracle babies Proud Co Antrim couple show off conjoined twin daughters on ITV's This Morning

The twins were born 8 weeks ago and will undergo separation surgery later this month.


Annabelle and Isabelle Bateson were born just 8 weeks ago

Annabelle and Isabelle Bateson were born just 8 weeks ago

Annabelle and Isabelle Bateson were born just 8 weeks ago

Proud Co Antrim couple Hannah and Dan Bateson have showed off their adorable conjoined twin daughters.

Appearing on ITV’s This Morning on Wednesday, Annabelle and Isabelle were born just eight weeks ago.

Speaking to presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, the couple who have been together for 14 years, explained how the road to becoming parents was quite tough.

"It was a very long journey but absolutely worth it. We tried for quite a few years to have [a baby], I was very overweight as well which didn't help so we couldn't get any treatment until I lost weight, which I did,” Hannah explained.

"As soon as we started treatment, our first cycle, we conceived the girls."

“We went for an early scan and there was one heartbeat, and then we got the big shock that it was twins and that we had to see the consultant at the local hospital. Then as we saw another scan it dawned on us and I said, ‘are they conjoined?’, and he said ‘yes, I think they are’."

They are joined from the chest to the pelvis.


Annabelle and Isabelle Bateson (ITV NEWS)

Annabelle and Isabelle Bateson (ITV NEWS)

Annabelle and Isabelle Bateson (ITV NEWS)

They share a liver, bladder and bowel, one shared fused leg and one leg each as well as separate hearts.

Hannah continued: “It was the most strange first pregnancy. We felt in limbo…”

"We hoped for the best. They were so determined and the fact we got to 35 weeks in itself was a miracle. We were preparing for the worst case [scenario] or very sick babies, but surprisingly, the girls were born so well,” she explained.

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“Once we heard those cries in delivery it just changed the whole tone. We weren’t prepared for it to go so well.”

The twins are set to undergo separation surgery later this month.

“I think a lot of it will only be discovered during surgery, we just have to have faith. But they’ve fought so hard to be here so far that it will go well, we just have to have that faith..."

Hannah also said that their miraculous twins were very tough.

"It’ll be very long and different challenges for them both, and they will probably be going - for surgeries for most of their lives, but we’re hoping that their quality of life should be good.

"I think they will fly through it and it’ll be more challenging for us!”

"We said before the girls were born, we were sitting in Great Ormond Street, and we said, 'It is a very scary place to be thinking you are going to have sick children, but if we are coming back here for the next 18 years, it means the girls have survived'.”

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