WARNING: DISTRESSING CONTENT
FANS of Baby Surgeons: Delivering Miracles were left in tears tonight after watching a woman give birth to a stillborn baby.
Expectant mum Anne-Marie and her husband Paul had conceived triplets, but one of their babies died 9 weeks into pregnancy.
Baby Surgeons: Delivering Miracles showed a mum give birth to a stillborn baby
The little girl had died 27 weeks into pregnancyCredit: C4
Another – who they named Emily – then passed away at 27 weeks, meaning Anne-Marie had to deliver her along with her healthy sister Poppy.
Viewers were left sobbing at the harrowing scenes on Channel 4, which showed the twins’ highly emotional birth.
Taking to Twitter, one fan wrote: “I’m so pleased that baby was okay, but seeing the poor lady give birth to her stillborn child was just awful. They are both so brave.”
Another wrote: “Never cried so much at anything on tv before.”
Named Emily, she had started out as one third of tripletsCredit: C4
A third said: “My daughter is 7 weeks old, and tonight I finally really understood the saying ‘hug them a little longer, hold them a little tighter'”
Monday night’s Baby Surgeons: Delivering Miracles followed the story of Anne-Marie and Paul, along with two other high risk births.
Prof Basky Thilaganathan, clinical director of St George’s NHS Trust, was shown guiding all three couples through their pregnancies.
Anne-Marie and Paul were first shown at 26 weeks, explaining to the cameras the heartbreak they had already suffered from losing one baby.
Mum Anne-Marie lost the first of her triplets at 9 weeksCredit: C4
At 27 weeks, she learned one of the remaining twins had passed awayCredit: C4
“We found out we were pregnant very early on with triplets,” Anne-Marie said.
“One had passed away at week 9. It’s emotional, it’s definitely emotional, because you’ll have to explain it to them at some point.
“You’ll have to explain they’re identical, so they would have looked exactly like you.”
The couple were shown preparing for their remaining twins’ birth but, at a scan, were told one of their babies had Selective Grown Restriction.
The heartbreaking scenes left viewers sobbingCredit: C4
Prof Basky Thilaganathan did all he could to save both babiesCredit: C4
Anne-Marie explained: “One of the twins has Selective Growth Restriction. The last time she was just under a pound and her sister was 2lbs, so basically half her size.
“The risk is she won’t get the nutrients she needs and, if the little twin stops growing and potentially passes away, she will affect her sister.”
At 27 weeks, the devastated couple learned at another scan that the smaller of their twins had died.
Distressing scenes of Anne-Marie crying in horror as she was told the news left viewers in tears.
The couple console each other after Emily’s birth
They had ‘hoped the science was wrong’Credit: C4
“Such a heartbreaking cry that was, that poor family,” one tweeted.
Another added: “I don’t ever cry at anything on the telly but that moment when she found out she lost one of her babies just broke me. So heartbreaking.”
Anne-Marie went into labour at 30 weeks.
She explained: “We’ve named twin one Emily Marie and twin two Poppy Marie, so she will always have her sister with her.”
Anne-Marie then had to deliver Poppy
Thankfully, Poppy was delivered safely and is now thrivingCredit: C4
Viewers watched as Anne-Marie first gave birth to Emily, who was stillborn. Her little baby was wrapped in a blanket before being given to the devastated mum to hold.
Paul was seen saying to his wife: “You kind of hope science was wrong, that she would come out and we’d say, ‘Oh look they were wrong’.”
Thankfully, Anne-Marie then went on to successfully deliver their daughter Poppy, who came out healthy and screaming.
Reflecting on their harrowing experience, Paul said: “It’s such a shame, if she’d managed to make it 9 more days, we’d have two right now.
The couple described the whole experience as ‘bitter sweet’
Anne-Marie and Paul say good morning and goodnight to EmilyCredit: C4
“Life can be cruel. It’s the ultimate bitter sweet.”
After the programme aired, St George’s NHS Trust tweeted a beautiful picture of the couple with baby Poppy.
In an update posted on the hospital’s website, Ann-Marie said: “Poppy is eight months old now (six months corrected), she has grown from 3lbs 4oz at birth to 14lbs 12oz.
The hospital shared this gorgeous picture after the show had airedCredit: @StGeorgesTrust
“She’s getting so strong with aided sitting and standing. She smiles constantly and loves to play with everyone around her.”
She added: “We say good morning and good night to her sister Emily every day because whenever we look in the mirror she’s there too, Poppy’s identical twin sister.
“It still continues to be a daily challenge for myself and Paul to come to terms with the loss of Emily. We battle two polarised sets of emotions daily, joy and happiness in Poppy with her development and progress, but also intense sadness of life without Emily. We have faith that in time we will find peace.”
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