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Couple who lost two of their three triplets finally bring baby boy home


George finally made it home for Christmas Day (Picture: SWNS)

It was a very special Christmas Day for the Dunn family as youngest member George finally got to come home from hospital.

2020 was a tough year for the family as mum Victoria gave birth to triplets at 28 weeks pregnant, but sadly George’s sisters Heidi and Harriet died.

George Dunn weighed just two pounds and six ounces and he spent 11 weeks in hospital before being discharged on November 26.

Sadly in December, he fell ill and was rushed back to hospital, where he was diagnosed with a double hernia and at one point stopped breathing.

But he got to go home on Christmas Day afternoon to spend the day with Victoria, 34, dad Paul, 36, and older brother Alfie, four.

Twin Baby scan of Heidi and Harriet with George scan on the right (Picture: Victoria Dunne / SWNS)

Victoria said: ‘Little George has been through so much in such a short life already.

‘We feel so grateful to have him and especially to have him at home after spending so much time in hospital.

‘Even though we’re happy to be here the memories of Heidi and Harriet are still very much with us.

Victoria and Paul holding George for the first time (Picture: Victoria Dunne/SWNS)

‘We thought and really wanted to be coming home with three babies, unfortunately that hasn’t happened and it’s heart-breaking.

‘But we are so grateful for George, he’s amazing.’

Victoria conceived the triplets via IVF in Cyprus and everything was fine until 16 weeks when a scan showed one of the babies wasn’t developing at the expected pace.

Baby George (Oct 2020) (Picture: Victoria Dunne / SWNS)

Over the coming weeks it became clear Victoria would not go full term and doctors suggested removing one of the foetuses to reduce the risk of a premature delivery.

But the couple felt that wasn’t an option and the babies were delivered by c-section on September 6.

While George was tiny at two pounds and six ounces Harriet, born first, and Heidi weighed only one pound six ounces and one pound four ounces respectively.

George spent 11 weeks in hospital (Picture: Victoria Dunne/SWNS)

In addition to the issues resulting from their underdevelopment, all three were also diagnosed with cytomegalovirus (CMV), a condition related to the herpes virus.

Although CMV is usually harmless, it had a devastating effect on the triplets due to their small sizes.

Harriet died from the condition on September 7 while Heidi passed away from prematurity, which was complicated by CMV, on September 21.

George fought for his life at Liverpool Women’s Hospital for nearly three months before finally being deemed strong enough to go home.

Victoria said: ‘It was an incredible moment, very emotional. It was so nice to finally take him away with us.’

Paul, Victoria and George (Picture: Victoria Dunne / SWNS)

But less than a month later, Victoria noticed he wasn’t going to the toilet and seemed unwell.

He was admitted to hospital on December 22, when doctors found he had a double hernia in his bowel which required an operation.

George then had a bad reaction to morphine he was given to cope with the operation. He deteriorated again and at one point, he stopped breathing.

She added: ‘There was a moment when I thought ‘I can’t lose him as well’.

‘It was another really stressful time but I did feel like he was going to be okay in the end and thankfully he was.’

The family back at home (Picture: Victoria Dunne / SWNS)

But he was well enough to go home on Christmas and the family returned home just in time to eat a delicious dinner made by Paul’s mum.

Victoria said: ‘It was a bit chaotic because we didn’t know when we would be allowed out but to leave on Christmas Day was nice.’

Mum Victoria, dad Paul, son Alfie and baby George (Picture: Victoria Dunne / SWNS)

George is still a little small for his age, weighing only seven pounds and eleven ounces, and has chronic lung disease, which means he needs an oxygen machine to help him breathe.

Victoria said: ‘It’s an ongoing challenge but we’re very positive for the future and are looking forward to living a normal family life this year.’

The family was supported throughout by a charitable organisation called Wirral Wings, which turns wedding dresses into gowns for babies who have passed away.

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