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Twins bounce back after traumatic start to life

Angela Kummerfeld and her 11-month-old twins, Sami (left) and Harry, born nine weeks premature.
Angela Kummerfeld and her 11-month-old twins, Sami (left) and Harry, born nine weeks premature. Brenda Strong

SAMI and Harry Kummerfeld love noise. The 11-month-old twins spend their days playing with each other and their musical toys.

The happy, healthy twins have come a long way since their difficult birth.

Gladstone mum Angela Kummerfeld was horrified when she realised she was going into labour with the twins.

She was only 31 weeks in.

"It all just happened so quickly," she said.

She woke up one night, shocked to discover her waters had burst, drove to Gladstone Hospital and went into labour.

An emergency caesarean was performed in the morning. Harry was only attached by membranes to the placenta, posing a risk to her and the unborn twins.

"If I had given birth to him naturally and the membranes had ruptured, it could have killed the baby and me," she said.

Sami and Harry were flown to a Brisbane hospital as soon as they were stable. Harry weighed 1610 grams and Sami 1870 grams.

If I had given birth to him naturally and the membranes had ruptured, it could have killed the baby and me

Angela was flown to Brisbane the next day.

"Having them and not knowing what was going on with them was terrible," she said.

This was Angela's fourth pregnancy with husband Henry. The previous three had been unsuccessful.

The family spent four weeks in Brisbane before being flown back to Rockhampton.

"Some days you could hold them, but others you couldn't," Angela said.

"When you think about having a child, you think you'll take them home. But that wasn't for six weeks."

She described her labour as rushed and traumatic but said, "It's all worth it now."

Gladstone Base Hospital registered nurse and midwife Lisa Blackler said Angela's complications had involved the umbilical cord feeding the membranes instead of the baby.

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