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Twins share identical pregnancy trauma

TOO TINY: Little Jye (pictured at birth) is now more than six months old and weighs almost 4kg but is still on oxygen because of problems with his lungs.
TOO TINY: Little Jye (pictured at birth) is now more than six months old and weighs almost 4kg but is still on oxygen because of problems with his lungs.

IDENTICAL twins Skye Turner (nee Butt) and Tammin Butt shared almost everything as they were growing up in Gympie, going to primary school at Gympie West, being co-school captains at Rainbow Beach and finishing high school at Gympie High.

Blonde, tanned and clever, they were also both vivacious and sporty.

Stories of freakish parallels in the lives of identical twins abound in modern folklore, and Skye and Tammin have their own story to tell though this is one experience they would rather not have shared.

TWIN SISTERS: Identical twins Skye Turner and Tammin Butt delivered their baby sons 14 weeks early (and 10 weeks apart) due to the same pregnancy complication.
TWIN SISTERS: Identical twins Skye Turner and Tammin Butt delivered their baby sons 14 weeks early (and 10 weeks apart) due to the same pregnancy complication. Contributed

Now 31 years-of-age, Skye lives in Bli Bli and Tammin in Brisbane.

Late last year at a family gathering, a delighted Tammin, and her partner Blake Scoringe, announced they were expecting their first child.

Ten weeks later Skye and her husband Mick made the same announcement.

Then, when Tammin was just 22 weeks pregnant her baby stopped growing. Tests revealed she had developed early onset pre-eclampsia.

Four weeks later, on March 28, her son Jye Benjamin was born in the Mater Hospital. He weighed just 480 grams.

Six weeks after that, doctors realised Skye's baby had also stopped growing.

Tests revealed she had developed the same medical condition as her twin sister, and four weeks later, on May 30, Skye's little boy Taylan John was delivered - also at the Mater Hospital, also at 26 weeks. Taylan weighed 500 grams.

The road for the entire family has been a harrowing one since then.

"It's been absolutely horrific" for both women, their father Chris Butt says.

Both babies spent their first 100 days in intensive care.

Jye, now six-and-a-half months old and weighing 3.5-4kg has gone home, but he remains on oxygen due to the complications of being born so early.

Taylan is four-and-a-half months old and still in ICU at the Mater Hospital.

Skye travels from Bli Bli to Brisbane every day to be with him.

He is "really doing it tough", Chris says.

Family and friends are doing what they can to support Skye and Tammin and their little families, and are now getting together to donate for the ongoing medical costs.

Anyone who can help can contact the family on tammin1@live.com

SO LITTLE: Tammin and Jye just after Jye’s birth.
SO LITTLE: Tammin and Jye just after Jye’s birth.

Parrallel lives

Identical twin boys born in Ohio were separated at birth, being adopted by different families. Unknown to each other, both families named the boys Jim.

Both James grew up not even knowing of the other, yet both sought law-enforcement training, both had abilities in mechanical drawing and carpentry, and each married women named Linda.

They both had sons whom one named James Alan and the other named James Allan.

The twin brothers divorced their wives and married other women - both named Betty.

And they both owned dogs they named Toy.

Gympie Times

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