MP's agony as he reveals tragic death of his newborn twin boys

A MINISTER has described the "horrible tragedy" of losing his newborn twin boys and thanked the NHS for trying to save them.

Guy Opperman revealed his twin boys Teddy and Rafe died last week in the neonatal intensive care unit.

The Pension Minister shared his experience on Twitter, and insisted his boys would “always be with us”.

He said: "Sadly, just over a week ago we lost our twin boys Teddy came and went from this world quickly and quietly.

"He passed peacefully. Our younger twin, Rafe, was not born until Tuesday 23, but died later that day in NeoNatal ICU.

“Baby loss, and coping with grief, is very hard.”

The Hexham, Tynedale and Ponteland MP and his wife Flora are now engaging with the charity Sands, which helps families coping with the grief of baby loss.

He also shared the couple's gratitude to the NHS doctors and nurses who tried to save the twins.

Mr Opperman explained: "Nothing we could do. Just a horrible tragedy. We emerged from hospital a week ago shell shocked.

"The loss of our younger twin Rafe was particularly acute. He lived and died within a long day. But we treasure our time with him in Neonatal ICU.

“We were able to tell him of all our hopes and dreams for him, and our family; but he could not make it and died in Flora's arms.”

Mr Opperman said he and his wife Flora took some time out to recover but he has now returned to work part time.

He added: “You never regret trying to have children. Sometimes baby loss happens. We will never forget our boys.

“They will be with us always. Just sadly only in their spirit and their memory."

Colleagues were quick to share messages of support for the pair.

Redcar MP Jacob Young said: "So so sorry for your loss Guy. Thoughts and prayers with you both."

Chris Clarkson MP for Heywood and Middleton added: "I'm so sorry to hear this Guy. I can't begin to imagine what you're both going through. God bless you both.”

Labour's Wes Streeting wrote: “I’m not sure there are any words that can bring you comfort right now, but sending you and your family love and  deepest condolences.”

 

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