Conjoined twins Annabelle and Isabelle Bateson, are two gorgeous twins from County Antrim, Ireland, who are defying odds to not just survive but thrive! The 8-week-old twins who were born in March made their TV debut on ITV’s ‘This Morning’ along with their proud mom and dad.
Hannah and Dan Bateson are from Northern Ireland and gave a mind-blowing interview with Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby of ITV on Tuesday. New parents Hannah and Dan shared their story of the fear and faith they experienced during the time their babies were born conjoined from the chest to the pelvis!
The babies have separate hearts but share a bladder, bowel, and a fused leg and will be operated on by doctors at Great Ormond Street who are hopeful that their separation is going to be a success. At the time of their birth, the parents said that the babies had a perfect birth, even though they had prepared themselves for the worst.
Hannah and Dan spoke about how as new parents they had hardly any idea about what conjoined twins were, and we’re in for a surprise when they became parents to Annabelle and Isabelle but they “hoped for the best.”Hannah recalled the initial days as she said, “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.’” Hannah said that the babies were very determined to make it and it was a miracle to everyone when they got to 35 weeks. She added, “We were preparing for the worst case [scenario] or very sick babies, but surprisingly, the girls were born so well.
When we heard their cries in delivery, it really transformed the tone. We weren’t expecting things to go so nicely. “I think a lot of it will only be found during surgery, we just have to have confidence,” Hannah remarked, expressing her faith in God. But they’ve worked so hard to get here that we have trust that everything will work out.”
Viewers of ‘This Morning’ were ecstatic to see Hannah and Dan discuss their struggles and how they and their daughters will not give up. “They are incredibly determined girls,” Hannah said. It will be a long and varied journey for them both, and they will most likely require surgery for the rest of their lives, but we hope that their quality of life will be good.
I believe they will breeze through it, making it more difficult for us!” One of the reasons they are able to keep up with everything is because of the incredible support and kindness they have gotten from their local community. “These little girls have really melted so many people’s hearts,” she remarked. “And we feel like there are so many people on this trip with us, and we’ll need that support,” Hannah added.
Let us remember Anabelle and Isabelle, as well as their beautiful parents, in our prayers; they need all of our prayers and support to get through this. The lovely family of four has returned to County Antrim and is preparing for a lifetime of surgery for their conjoined twins.