A MUM will race tomorrow’s Plusnet Leeds Half Marathon to thank medics at the Leeds hospital who saved the lives of the “miracle” identical twins she thought she would never have.
Natalie Foxcroft, 27, suffered four miscarriages and two ectopic pregnancies in ten heartbreaking years.
In January 2013, the mother-of-one underwent a life-saving operation to remove her last remaining fallopian tube following a third ectopic pregnancy, which ended all hope of her having another child.
Incredibly, ten days after the operation, Natalie was told that not only was she still pregnant, but with twins.
But doctors told Miss Foxcroft and partner Ross Whitehead, 30, that the twins were growing in the same amniotic sac and had little chance of survival.
Heidi and Halle, who both had underdeveloped lungs when they were born five-weeks prematurely in August 2013, were cared for on the neonatal intensive care unit at St James’s Hospital in Leeds.
Now, both twins are happy and healthy and are due to celebrate their second birthdays in August with four-year-old brother Harry.
Miss Foxcroft, said: “When we found out I was still pregnant and the babies had survived it was a real miracle.”
She added: “It was the hardest thing in the world to sit helplessly staring into an incubator. The nurses and staff at the unit worked round the clock to look after them and offered us compassion and support.
“They helped ease the most emotional and heartbreaking time for us. I don’t think I could ever express what it means to us to have three healthy, happy children, but every day I’m grateful.
“The girls are such a pleasure and love their big brother. Their time spent in St James’s Hospital seems like a lifetime ago but I’ll never forget what they did for us.”
Miss Foxcroft, of Liversidge, who has set up an online fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/Natalie-Foxcroft/, is sponsored by Triton Security Group for tomorrow’s YEP-backed event – her first ever race.
Mis Foxcroft’s friend and the twins’ godmother Sophie Bashforth, 27, will also be running to raise funds.
The race starts on the Headrow at 9.30am tomorrow.
Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All has announced iPro Sport as the official isotonic drinks supplier for its Yorkshire Marathon Series, which includes the Plusnet Leeds Half Marathon.