Dad to run half marathon for hospital which saved his twins

PUBLISHED: 14:00 25 August 2017

Dan with his twins Charlie and James.

Dan with his twins Charlie and James.


A dad from Locking is running a half marathon to thank hospital staff for saving the lives of his twins.

Dan and Sadie Ryan’s twins were diagnosed with twin to twin transfusion syndrome when Sadie was 16 weeks pregnant.

The condition means the babies receive an unequal amount of blood through the placenta.

Dan, aged 32, said: “This is a very dangerous and acute condition with a very low survival rate.

“One of the twins was transferring blood to the other so it was very dangerous for both of them and if we did not opt to have the surgery, they would not have survived.

“The surgery itself to sever the blood flow was difficult and we were told there was also a low chance of this working.

“Thankfully, both twins pulled through and were monitored until they were born prematurely at 32 weeks.”

Charlie and James weighed 2.8lbs and 3.5lbs when they were born and spent four weeks in the neo-natal intensive care unit.

Charlie stayed in for a further four weeks as he suffered a perforated bowel and underwent further lifesaving surgery at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.

The twins are now seven months old and thriving, and Dan is running the Bristol Half Marathon on September 17 for the Cots For Tots charity to say thanks for all the support they received in hospital.

The charity provided the family with free accommodation close to the hospital while James and Charlie were in the special care baby unit in Bristol.

Dan is keen to raise awareness and help fund research into twin to twin transfusion syndrome with the charity TAMBA.

He said: “Through a lot of the pregnancy, we were told to expect the worst as the outcome was not very positive for the twins, so we know that there are a lot of people who end up in a terrible situation.

“It’s important we try to raise money to support other families who are going through something similar. We were offered the chance at surgery which is a relatively new thing for the condition, so it would be nice to be able to play a part in allowing more babies to benefit from this.”

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