Tiny twin sisters Johanna and Ivy Good were separated straight after birth for lifesaving medical treatment after they were born weighing in at just over 1lb in weight.
But 96 days after their premature birth at 27 weeks, the sisters were finally reunited with the rest of their family at home in Midleton, Co Cork.
Little Johanna is featured undergoing intricate neurosurgery in this week’s episode of Temple Street Children’s Hospital for a brain bleed which led to hydrocephalus — a build- up of fluid on the brain.
She is seen on the TV3 series having a shunt placed in her head which drains the fluid to a tube ending in her stomach cavity.
The mother of the twins, Linda Good, told the documentary crew her little girls survived their traumatic birth 13 weeks early thanks to the efforts of the team of neo-natal specialists at Cork Univer-sity Maternity Hospital.
“They were very, very small babies The team at Cork University Hospital are absolutely fantastic. Only for them the girls wouldn’t be with us.”
On the series, she said she was very shocked when she was first brought down to see her baby girls the day after they were born.
“They got rushed off to neonatal and I didn’t actually see them until the next day because I was recovering from a C-section.
“I didn’t expect to see what I saw when I went down the next morning. I just burst out into tears.
“They were tiny and purple and Jo was all bruised and then they were on full ventilation.
“The machines were doing all the work for them and they had masks over their eyes because the blue lights were on them. Because of the colouring you would be scared to touch them. Their skin was very light and fragile.”
Consultant paediatric neurosurgeon Darach Crimmins said it is likely Johanna will need to have the fluid drained from her brain for the rest of her life.
* Temple Street Children’s Hospital airs tonight at 8.30pm on TV3.
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