"HE twitched again and he wee'd on me. I thought then, he'd died."
David and Kate Ogg, from Battery Hill, knew there could be risks conceiving through IVF and were briefed on mortality rates.
But when Kate went into labour at 26 weeks, the couple braced themselves for a rocky start to parenthood.
"With twins, they expect you may go into labour by 36 weeks, but 26 weeks is way too early," she said. "I was in labour for a week."
Kate said at that particular gestation, every 24 hours in the womb added 12% to a baby's life expectancy, so she wanted to give them the best chance of survival.
"When I had Jamie, my water didn't even break, he was born in the sac," she said.
"Two minutes later, I gave birth to Emily and when they ripped open her sac, she screamed."
David and Kate wondered why Jamie hadn't done the same. His left lung had collapsed and the doctor tried feverishly to get him to breathe.
"He stopped responding, his blood pressure dropped, his temperature dropped and he had no reflexes," Kate said.
After 20 minutes, the doctor said Jamie hadn't made it.
"I saw Jamie gasp, the doctor said it was agonal gasping ... this was a chance to say goodbye," Kate said.
"I took Jamie off the doctor, I unwrapped him, got my gown off and put the blanket over us both.
"We were bawling our eyes out. He twitched again and he wee'd on me. I thought then, he'd died.
"Then he made movements and we pulled ourselves together, we didn't want him to hear us crying if in fact he still lived.
"We started talking about our plans for his life and he started taking more breaths, opening his eyes and grabbing his Dad's fingers."
It had been an hour since Jamie was declared dead and David and Kate called for the doctor, certain they'd made a mistake. They were told it was just Jamie's reflexes.
When the doctor returned two hours later, he spent 15 minutes explaining how Jamie had died.
"I leaned forward to remove Jamie from my chest to show him to the doctor, and he tried to cry," she said.
The doctor took Jamie and checked for a heartbeat.
"Shaking his head, he muttered, 'I don't believe it'," she said.
Jamie and Emily, born on March 25, 2010, stayed in hospital for three months.
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