LITTLE MIRACLES: Ruby Lee and Bella with their dad and mum, Shane and Jo Gibson.
LITTLE MIRACLES: Ruby Lee and Bella with their dad and mum, Shane and Jo Gibson. Paul Braven

Twins Bella, Ruby Lee ‘not sick anymore’

THE SMILES on twins Bella and Ruby Lee Gibson's faces was a reminder to more than 200 people yesterday at the Mater Little Miracles 5k walk why they were there.

The two-year-old girls would have had a 10% chance of survival if not for the specialist interventions at the Mater Mothers Brisbane Hospital.

Yesterday, at the fund raiser, mum Jo Gibson told to the crowd about twin transfusion syndrome.

At 20 weeks pregnant she began having complications with the twins. At first she was misdiagnosed, and six weeks later the complications had progressed to early labour.

She was flown from Gladstone to Brisbane where the labour was reversed.

She was told the syndrome was one stage short of her losing one or both of the girls.

"Ruby was terribly small, anaemic and weak," she said.

"Bella was much bigger in size but had signs of heart failure."

"I'm not sick anymore," Ruby told her mum, while she was in the middle of her talk.

Mater staff performed pioneering laser surgery in the womb to sever the adjoining blood vessels.

"After 13 weeks at the Mater, both returned to Gladstone and are now happy and happy," Ms Gibson said.

The twins' older sisters, Lilly and Shari, said it was fun having Bella and Ruby Lee to took after. Father Shane agreed, but said they were quite a handful.

The whole family now takes part in the event each year as an opportunity to raise funds to help other vulnerable mothers and babies so they too may take home their little miracles.



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