Born more than 11 weeks premature, twins Kristiana Micaela and Kristian Ian are too young to breathe properly on their own. But the brother and sister’s unbreakable bond is clear when the tiny siblings hold each other’s hand while snuggling on their dad Glen’s chest.
The twins were born at 28 weeks and a day at Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne on January 4. When their mother Anthea Jackson-Rushford filmed her children holding hands she decided to pop the video on Facebook. The heartwarming video has been viewed more than 11 million times.
“I didn’t even put their hands together. I swear!,” Anthea says.
Take a look at just how beautiful this moment is:
The darling babies have since repeated their hand-holding, now doing it regularly whenever they are together – and Anthea is there to capture the moment. “Both my angels holding hands again as if they were born to! Amazing sight,” she says.
The babies, who weighed less than a kilo each at birth, are doing fine. And there is a honourable reason for Anthea posting photos and videos of her fragile babies for the world to see.
“We realise it may be a tad bit disturbing seeing our twins with tubes, but they are premmie babies so it is understandable and normal,” she says. “I’m sharing photos and videos for the simple reason that it gives hope to all parents out there that even they do just fine!”
Anthea says she “Googled like crazy looking for hope” when she was told her babies might be born premature. “I would love to see this kind of positivity as a mum that faces the possibility of a premature baby,” she says. “To all parents that face this, be comforted in knowing that today anything is possible and your babies will be just fine.”
(images via Anthea Jackson-Rushford)