A Kenilworth couple who lost their twin baby girls after they were born prematurely are running 10km through the town in their memory this week on what would have been the twins’ due date.
Natalie Casey, 37, and her husband Sean, 41, who live together in Warwick Road with their seven-year-old son Jack and Sean’s 14-year-old son Nathan, spoke of their devastation after their twin girls, Daisy and Georgie, were born prematurely on Saturday December 3 after just 25 weeks.
Due to complications from their extreme prematurity, Daisy and Georgie died in Warwick Hospital the following day.
Natalie said: “It was a horrific 48 hours and it just shattered our world. It has devastated the whole family but the boys have been very strong.”
Despite their experience, Natalie praised the three charities that helped the family cope with their loss over the following weeks and months - The Lily Mae Foundation, The Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society, and the Twins and Multiple Birth Association Bereavement Support Group.
The charities put them in touch with other families who had lost their children to stillbirth or prematurity, helped them with the ‘awful’ process of arranging a funeral, and provided them with a ‘memory box’ with Daisy and Georgie’s handprints, footprints and scan photos.
Sean added: “Meeting new people that had been in similar circumstances to us gave us a lot of hope really. It will always stay with them but they learnt to manage it.”
As a way of thanking the charities and to raise awareness of neonatal death, the couple will run 10km through Kenilworth on what would have been the twins’ due date - Friday March 17.
Despite only telling their Facebook friends about their run on Saturday March 11, they have already raised £3,000 from people’s donations thanks to people sharing their Go Fund Me page online.
Natalie said: “It’s absolutely blown us away. We’re delighted and totally humbled by the donations.
“We’ve had donations from people we know and love and from people we’ve never known before.”
And Sean said he was ‘overwhelmed’ by the number of people who have sponsored them. But he added: “It’s not just about the donations, it’s about making people aware.
“Unless you know someone who’s been through something like this, people don’t really talk about it.”
Natalie and Sean will run up Warwick Road and around Abbey Fields and High Street for a few laps before returning on their route.
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