WEIGHING in at just either side of the 2lb mark, these twins have had a rocky start to their lives.
Jensen James and his sister Rosie Louise were born 11 weeks early after their mum Kelly Aitken needed an emergency caesarean.
But thanks to specialists at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, the twins were delivered safely with Jensen weighing 1lb 14oz and Rosie 2lb 5oz.
Since then the tots have been cared for by the neo-natal intensive care unit at QA.
Kelly, 26, a carer, had already been in hospital due to a water infection.
She said: ‘Now the twins are doing well and they’re putting weight, although they are still tiny.
‘I can’t wait to have them home with us – but I know they are in the best place right now.’
And to say thank you for their help, dad Antony is getting into the ring to take on veteran boxer Tony Oakley in a fundraising match.
The 26-year-old, of Southampton Road, Port Solent, said: ‘I rushed back to the hospital, but when I walked in the room all I could see was blood and I passed out.
‘I came round and a nurse was fanning me.
‘It was awful, but I want to say thank you to all of the 27 nurses who were involved in saving the twins’ lives.
‘I wanted to do something special for Nicu, and decided to host a boxing match, as I have done quite a bit.
‘Then Tony Oakey offered via Facebook to get involved. I am so grateful to him, I can’t thank him enough.’
Tony, a former British, Commonwealth and WBU light-heavyweight boxing champion from Leigh Park, explained his own twins were born prematurely, as he offered to take part.
The event takes place on August 22 at The Pyramids Centre in Southsea.
Tickets cost £25 for seated and £20 for standing.
There are two shows on that day, but only proceeds from the evening show – where Antony will take on Tony – will go to the cause.
To buy tickets, call Antony on 07480 930097 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org