Baby brothers Jayden and Gene arrived prematurely, weighing just over 2lbs each in October, and have delighted their parents to be discharged home.
The brothers were born three months early, with their mum Lisa Worman, 31, going into labour at just 27 weeks.
Both twins battled breathing difficulties due to underdeveloped lungs and Gene was diagnosed with a heart murmur and bleed on the brain.
But the pair of little fighters have finally been discharged after more than 60 days in hospital, much to the delight of parents Lisa and Wesley Lester-Green, 39.
Dental nurse Lisa, from Croydon, London, said: "It's the best feeling in the world to have them home. There were times when we couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel.
"When they were newborns they were so small that they were about the same size as an iPhone.
"But they're such fighters and we're now settling into normal family life."
Lisa's pregnancy had been plain-sailing until she woke one night and noticed unusual discharge and had an uneasy feeling.
Trusting her intuition, she took herself to Princess Royal in Orpington for a late-night check-up.
A scan revealed that the fluid was amniotic, meaning that her waters had broken at just 27 weeks, a full ten weeks before most twins would ideally arrive.
The small local hospital didn't have the capacity to look after such small babies so she was blue-lighted in an ambulance to St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London.
Lisa said: "Once we got to the next hospital, I was terrified, I knew it was too early for them to arrive.
"There were five or six different consultants and specialists all crowded around my bed.
"I tried to stay calm but it was hard, especially with the doctors using complex terminology right over my head- I felt totally out of my depth."
The emergency caesarean was a success and Jayden and Gene were born at 10.38pm and 10.39pm respectively on October 20 2018.
The little boys were whisked away to an intensive care baby unit – meaning that neither Wesley, a security consultant, or Lisa got to see their boys until 24 hours later.
Lisa said: "I remember thinking before I went in for the caesarean 'please let me wake up to two babies' I was terrified something would go wrong for one of them.
"It was very surreal waking up with them gone, knowing they weren't in my tummy any longer but not knowing how they'd come out or where they were.
"We didn't actually get to see or hold them until the next day as they were so poorly.
"When we finally laid eyes on them, they looked tiny and so ill, it took a while to sink in that they were actually mine. It had all been so surreal.
"They were all wrapped up in plastic bags and had wires all over the place.
"Their skin was transparent – it was horrible."
Over the next four weeks Lisa and Wesley stayed by the boys' side in hospital, with Wesley refusing to leave his family and instead resting on a chair.
He said: "I hated the idea that Lisa and the babies would be alone so I just stayed the whole time.
"When I needed clean clothes I'd just pop to Primark. It was a really difficult time but we were so thankful to the friends and family that rallied round us.
''We set up a Go Fund Me page for the twins which raised an incredible £4k in just two weeks.
"And my two boys were such fighters. It did feel like hell at times but I knew they'd pull through in the end."
They were transferred to Croydon University Hospital, closer to home, on November 10 2018.
Lisa said: "It was such a whirlwind of emotions. They'd get better but then worse again.
"It was a very scary time.
"Getting them nearer home felt like a massive milestone for us, it also meant that Wesley and I could nip home for food, rest and changes of clothes a lot more easily."
And eventually, after more than two months, the babies were healthy enough to make it home.
The brothers are now bonding after being separated for so long in hospital, in separate cots.
Lisa said: "They had literally spent no time together since the womb so we've been gradually letting them get to know each other again.
"At first they weren't really sure and would nudge each other out the way but they seem to be getting used to it and will now move about so their heads are touching.
"It's very cute.
"Gene is definitely the louder one but also is a bit more chilled out whereas Jayden is a bit naughtier and bit more stroppy.
"But we wouldn't change them for the world especially after they've fought so hard to be here."
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