Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

12/9/2012 (3 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Both boys are now at home with their family

Two British baby boys have defied all odds and have survived being born 17 weeks prematurely. Harley and Archie Garthwaite were born in the 23rd week of the pregnancy, and after receiving post natal care, have been reunited with their family just in time for Christmas.

Born in their mother's 23rd week of the pregnancy made them one of the most premature sets of twins in the country to survive such a premature birth.

Born in their mother's 23rd week of the pregnancy made them one of the most premature sets of twins in the country to survive such a premature birth.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/9/2012 (3 years ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Premature twins, survival, United Kingdom, father, mother


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Little Harley Garthwaite has finally been reunited with his twin brother Archie at the family home in Hartlepool, Cleveland. Harley spent almost six months at the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton because his lungs were weaker than Archie's.

Their proud mom, 20-year-old Hayley Kennedy and their father Billy Garthwaite say they now feel "complete" that their family has been reunited. Harley has spent almost his entire life in the neo-natal ward while Archie was discharged from hospital in October, aged about four-months-old.

Born in their mother's 23rd week of the pregnancy made them one of the most premature sets of twins in the country to survive such a premature birth.
 
Both managed to survive in spite of the fact that both had holes in their tiny hearts. Archie underwent grueling open heart surgery at just two-weeks-old with Harley following two weeks later.

Medics also operated on both to correct bowel problems, performed laser treatment to stimulate their underdeveloped eyes and put them on ventilators and oxygen to help them to breathe.
Both remain on oxygen and their parents have to keep a supply of gas canisters with them, even when they go out in the stroller.

"It was absolutely fabulous bringing him home. I cried," Kennedy says. "It's just amazing to have them both together and we still can't believe we have them both after we thought we were going to lose them.

"It was just so emotional leaving the hospital after everything the staff has done for them. We can't thank them enough.

"We'd go to see him at the hospital for an hour or so and then have to go home. It was hard," Kennedy says.

Kennedy says her sons are much more content now they have been reunited and both wake up at exactly the same times for feedings.

"Archie sleeps so much better now Harley's home. He used to cry constantly, but now Harley's home he sleeps perfectly.

"They both get up every night at 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. for their bottles. I feel as though they know they're together, definitely."

The twins are getting bigger and stronger every day.

Survival rates for babies born between 22 and 25 weeks have risen overall since 1995. The survival of extremely premature babies has likewise increased, but the proportion of survivors with major complications has not changed.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for May 2016
Universal:
Respect for Women: That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed.
Evangelization: Holy Rosary: That families, communities, and groups may pray the Holy Rosary for evangelization and peace.



Comments


More Living Faith

WARNING: Exorcist claims demon is targeting families Watch

Image of An exorcist claims a demon continues to attack family members of all ages (Mama/Fandango).

By (CNA/EWTN News)

There's a demon that specializes in attacking the family, said exorcist César Truqui, a priest who participated in a course on exorcism held in Rome last year. Rome, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) - Fr. Truqui warned that everything that is harming the family, including ... continue reading


Vatican liturgy chief calls for priests to face east during Mass Watch

Image of The Vatican's liturgy chief asks priests to celebrate Mass facing east (@Card_R_Sarah/Twitter).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

During an interview, Cardinal Robert Sarah explained the importance of priests facing east during Mass. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In an interview with French Catholic magazine Famille Chrétienne, Cardinal Sarah, who is the prefect of the Congregation for ... continue reading


'It is abuse of anti-conversion laws': 3 Christians arrested for converting Hindus Watch

Image of Three Christians are the latest victims in ongoing Indian persecution (dph).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Rev. V. A. Anthony, of Brethren Assembly Church in Satna, his wife Prabha and one unnamed woman have been arrested in Aber, India after being accused of "forced conversions" and blaspheming against Hinduism. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Christian ... continue reading


Like Bartimaeus, We Are Blind: Cry out to Jesus, Lord Help Me to See! Watch

Image of The healing of the Blind man

By Deacon Keith Fournier

The same Jesus who passed by Bartimaeus is alive today. The Good News is that no matter what has happened in our past, Jesus walks into the dusty streets of our lives this day. We simply need the eyes of living faith to see Him and the renewed heart to follow Him ... continue reading


:-D MILLENNIALS REJOICE! New emoji Bible translation is coming! Watch

Image of The Bible has been translated into a less-conventional, more approachable language: emoji (pix11/WPIX-TV).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

In an attempt to make the Bible more interactive and entertaining to millennials, the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible has been translated with help from popular emoticons. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to The Memo, the new Bible, marked as ... continue reading


New study reveals Catholics hold highest retention rate - but no one is converting Watch

Image of Catholicism retains believers but is losing the conversion battle (Pinterest).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A new study revealed Welsh and English Catholics hold the highest retention rate of any denomination but maintain the lowest conversion rates. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The report, titled the "Contemporary Catholicism in England and Wales," was issued by the ... continue reading


'It's prayer that preserves faith': Pope Francis urges people to pray Watch

Image of Prayer is part of life and should be done more often (Prayer/Wikipedia).

By Elise Harris (CNA/EWTN News)

For Pope Francis, prayer is neither a "magic wand" used to get what we want nor something casual we do only when we feel like it, but is rather the strength that sustains our faith in difficult moments. Vatican City, Rome (CNA/EWTN News) - "Jesus says that we need 'to ... continue reading


Benedict XVI to make public appearance? Watch

Image of Rumors of Benedict XVI making a public appearance have begun to circulate (Wordpress).

By Andrea Gagliarducci (CNA/EWTN News)

Former Pope Benedict XVI could appear in public once again on June 29, the 65th anniversary of his priestly ordination. Vatican City, Rome (CNA/EWTN News) - Speaking after the May 20 presentation of a book dedicated to Benedict XVI's pontificate, Archbishop Georg ... continue reading


Making a Difference: A Memorial Day reflection from America's late peace-priest Watch

Image of

By Tony Magliano

The best way to remember those who have been killed in battle is to work for the day when others will no longer be sent to take their place. Prayerfully reflecting on how to move away from war and war preparation should be central to every Memorial Day.Why do ... continue reading


Pope Francis on the Feast of the Holy Trinity Watch

Image of Pope Francis shares a message about the Holy Trinity (Pinterest).

By Ann Scneible (CNA/EWTN News)

The feast of the Holy Trinity is an invitation for us to commit to enriching our everyday relationships by promoting communion, consolation, and mercy, Pope Francis said during his weekly Sunday Angelus address. Vatican City, Rome (CNA/EWTN News) - "Our being created ... continue reading


All Living Faith News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • Advent Prayer HD Video
  • Woman diagnosed with 'nightmare bacteria' in US
  • Corpus Christi, The Feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus
  • Daily Reading for Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 HD Video
  • St. Maximinus of Trier: Saint of the Day for Sunday, May 29, 2016
  • Memorial Day: Honor Those Who Have Given Their Lives in Military Service
  • Daily Readings for Sunday, May 29, 2016

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Kings 8:41-43
41 'Even the foreigner, not belonging to your people Israel but coming ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 117:1, 2
1 Alleluia! Praise Yahweh, all nations, extol him, all ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 7:1-10
1 When he had come to the end of all he wanted the people to hear, he ... Read More

Reading 2, Galatians 1:1-2, 6-10
1 From Paul, an apostle appointed not by human beings nor through any ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for May 29th, 2016 Image

St. Maximinus of Trier
May 29: Bishop of Trier, Germany, from 332, and a miracle ... Read More