IT was a case of brotherly love at first sight for tiny twins Blair and Innes Lowden.
Born ten weeks early, and weighing little over 3lbs each, on February 5, the boys have just been brought together for the first time – and immediately grasped each other’s hand.
Blair and Innes were born after their mum went into labour at just 30 weeks, and were immediately transferred to intensive care where they were given oxygen in separate incubators.
Doctors were amazed when the non-identical twins began to breathe on their own after just a week – delighting parents Laura and Craig, from Duddingston.
The adorable infants were then deemed fit enough to be placed together in one incubator. And – as soon as they were reunited side-by-side – they reached out to lovingly hold hands.
“It was so cute,” said dad Craig, 32, who works for Aberdeen Asset Management.
Most babies are not able to breathe on their own until 34 weeks into pregnancy because their lungs do not mature until then. But Laura was injected with steroids after she went into labour, a step which has aided the tiny battlers’ progress.
“We were totally unprepared for their arrival,” said Laura, a senior gas and oil analyst with Lloyds Bank.
“The antenatal class on labour wasn’t until the following week and we still had a few baby clothes and equipment to buy. Babies though are unpredictable and you just have to go with the flow, as they say.
“Staff at the hospital have been wonderful and the boys are being treated with the utmost care and attention. The midwives tell us the boys are a good weight for twins ten weeks early.”
Twins’ special bond starts developing prior to birth according to emeritus psychology Professor Elvidina Adamson-Macedo.
The expert said: “These twins are very likely to be replicating something they did before birth.”