Footballer’s grief as premature twin girl dies

Dean Brett and girfriend Gemma Porteous. Picture: contributed
Dean Brett and girfriend Gemma Porteous. Picture: contributed
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A CITY footballer has told of his heartbreak following the sad passing of his premature twin daughter.

Cowdenbeath FC full back, Dean Brett, from Tranent, took to social media to break the news of the death of four-week-old Mollie on Friday.

His girlfriend, Gemma Porteous, gave birth to Mollie and her sister, Mia, three months early on June 2.

The 21-year old posted a heartbreaking message on Facebook on Saturday informing family and friends of the couple’s loss.

He said: “Sorry to tell everyone through Facebook but it saves people asking me how the twins are doing. Me and Gem lost Mollie yesterday, she had been sick for a couple weeks with no sign of getting better and yesterday she went down hill so we made her comfy, bathed her and got our last cuddles.

“Just want to thank everyone for their support over the 3+ weeks. She will be the brightest star in the sky and she will always look down on her big sister Mia – heartbroken.”

Baby Mia was born at 1.30am on June 2 and weighed just 3lbs while Mollie was born twenty minutes later at 1.50am weighing just under 2lb.

Following the birth, Dean told how he was “buzzing” and “so proud” of Gemma, and also revealed how the couple were aware that they had a tough few months ahead but were confident that the “wee cuties will fight on.”

The former Ross High pupil also took to Twitter to tell his 1500 followers the tragic news.

He tweeted: “Now she is at peace. Always have a big place in our hearts and she will be missed by everyone #loveyou”

Hibs fan Dean signed a two- year deal with Cowdenbeath on May 23. The side secured their Championship berth thanks to a play-off final win over Dunfermline,

Manager Jimmy Nicholl revealed how Brett was looking forward to running out at Easter Road, the home of his boyhood heroes, this coming season.

He said: “It really is a dream league to be in. We’ve got Rangers, Hearts and Hibs and I don’t think you could ask for a more interesting league. There are so many good teams in the Championship and every game is going to be so tough.

“The likes of our young full-back Dean Brett, who is a Hibs fanatic . . . for this kid to be running out at Easter Road will be amazing.”