AS Maria Jones-Elliott hugs her two babies, she hails them as “little miracles” – twins Amy and Katie were incredibly born 87 days apart.
Maria went into labour four months early, giving birth to Amy – but Katie did not arrive until three months later.
Their incredible births will now become a Guinness World Record for the “longest interval between the birth of twins”. The previous record is 84 days.
Doctors have told Maria and husband Chris they have achieved the medical equivalent of winning the lottery, with both girls surviving and healthy.
Maria, who has two other children, told how she was torn between joy and worry after Amy’s dangerously early arrival as Katie stayed in her womb, clinging to existence.
“I call the girls our little miracles,” she said. “As I held Amy for the first time I stroked my bump and prayed to God. I just wanted my girls to be together and safe and well.