A mum who made medical history by having twins while undergoing dialysis for kidney disease says she feels ‘relieved’ after tests found her babies are free from the condition.
Sarah Pearce, aged 29, delivered a boy, Henley, and a girl, Harper, by emergency Caesarean section at Sheffield’s Jessop maternity wing, defying doctors who said she would never conceive because of the treatment’s effect on her body.
The mum, from Rawmarsh in Rotherham, was diagnosed with reflux nephropathy – damaged, scarred kidneys – at six weeks old.
She was given a kidney transplant aged 12, but her body rejected the organ three-and-a-half years later, leaving her needing dialysis three times a week.
Sarah said the illness is not hereditary and an initial test gave Harper and Henley the all-clear.
“They will have a test at three months old as well and they might have antibiotics for the first year to make sure,” she added.
“I hope they’re going to be well so they don’t have to go through dialysis.
“I know what it’s like – I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy, never mind my kids.”
Earlier this week little Harper had a health scare when her temperature dropped and she developed a swollen stomach, but she has since rallied.
“I was scared but she’s definitely on the mend now,” said Sarah.
The non-identical twins, born on June 1, will remain at Rotherham Hospital until their due date, August 28.