Parents reveal how baby boy born weighing just 1lb has ‘kept fighting’ thanks to cuddles from identical twin brother who he’s ‘obsessed with’

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  • Chester Graves of Essex was born prematurely at 28 weeks weighing 1lb . happened with weight
  • Selective intrauterine growth restriction was identified at the 16-week scan
  • His parents put their survival on their twin, Otis, and the cuddles they share
  • Chester has fought for his life since his birth and still weighs only 3lb 6oz . Is

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The parents have lauded the unbreakable bond between their identical twins, saying that their brother’s love is helping their premature son, who was born weighing 1lb.

Chester Graves was born prematurely at 28 weeks on July 15 weighing just 1lb 1oz, alongside his brother Otis, who was three times his size at 3lb 7oz.

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Otis was discharged after six weeks and now weighs 6lb 3oz, but little Chester has been fighting for his life since he was born and still only weighs 3lb 6oz.

Parents, Kelly Graves, 32, and husband, Billy, 35, from Benfleet, Essex, say they have no doubt that Chester’s miraculous fight for survival is for the bond he shares with his identical twin, Otis. shares with.

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Kelly said, ‘I have no doubt that hugging with her twins has helped her keep the fight going.

Otis Graves hugging his brother Chester in the hospital. Identical twins were both born prematurely at 28 weeks on July 15 this year, but Chester was too young due to selective intrauterine growth restriction.

A family photo at Kelly and Billy's wedding.  In addition to the twins, the couple has three grown children (from left to right) Phoebe, Florence and Albert

A family photo at Kelly and Billy’s wedding. In addition to the twins, the couple has three grown children (from left to right) Phoebe, Florence and Albert

‘The twins met for the first time since they were born on September 22, which was incredibly emotional.

‘It was all I had been waiting for, and although Otis was asleep, Chester was enamored of him and could not take his eyes off his brother.

The touching photos show the pair lying side by side during Chester’s family visits to the neonatal unit at Southend Hospital, where he will likely stay for two months.

Kelly said: ‘From the day my water broke in 28 weeks, we’ve been living in a tornado.

The doting parents say they have no doubt that Chester's miraculous fight for survival is for the bond he shares with his identical twin

The doting parents say they have no doubt that Chester’s miraculous fight for survival is for the bond he shares with his identical twin

The difference in size between the two brothers was due to a condition called selective intrauterine growth restriction.

The difference in size between the two brothers was due to a condition called selective intrauterine growth restriction.

Chester's health problems first became apparent at Kelly's 16-week scan, where he was told the babies had a 25 percent difference in size—something that worried doctors.

Chester’s health problems first became apparent at Kelly’s 16-week scan, where he was told the babies had a 25 percent difference in size—something that worried doctors.

“But we are very lucky that Chester is a fighter and despite everything he has gone through, he is still fighting to come home and be with his parents, Otis and the rest of the family.

‘He is still being incubated and put on high flow oxygen since he was transferred back to our local hospital in Southend.’

‘We can’t wait to finally get Chester home. We are hoping to bring him back in November.

Chester inside Kelly's cardigan.  Chester didn't get essential nutrients from placenta, which stunted his growth

Chester inside Kelly’s cardigan. Chester didn’t get essential nutrients from placenta, which stunted his growth

At 19 weeks, Kelly was admitted to King's College Hospital in London for laser surgical treatment.  Image: Baby Otis receiving oxygen at 8 weeks old

At 19 weeks, Kelly was admitted to King’s College Hospital in London for laser surgical treatment. Image: Baby Otis receiving oxygen at 8 weeks old

Chester’s health problems first became apparent at Kelly’s 16-week scan, where he was told the babies had a 25 percent difference in size—something that worried doctors.

The difference in size between the two brothers was due to a condition called selective intrauterine growth restriction, which resulted in Chester not receiving essential nutrients from the placenta, preventing his growth.

At 19 weeks, he was admitted to King’s College Hospital in London for laser surgical treatment

After surgery, Kelly and Billy were told that Chester was still only gaining about 25 grams a week, while Otis was gaining about 100 grams a week.  Chester holding Kelly's finger

After surgery, Kelly and Billy were told that Chester was still only gaining about 25 grams a week, while Otis was gaining about 100 grams a week. Chester holding Kelly’s finger

Chester after his birth.  In Every Scan Kelly Was Being Told Her Newborn Son Wouldn't Survive

Chester after his birth. In Every Scan Kelly Was Being Told Her Newborn Son Wouldn’t Survive

Chester's nappy next to the hospital's Styrofoam cup.  He only weighed 1lb due to complications

Chester’s nappy next to the hospital’s Styrofoam cup. He only weighed 1lb due to complications

He explained: ‘They informed us that the absent flow of nutrients to Chester was the reason why he was not really growing.

‘I had to have endoscopic laser surgery, so they could enter the womb from the side of your body to reach the placenta, the blood vessels connecting the two babies.

‘Surgery was performed to isolate the babies in the womb so that if Chester had not survived it would have prevented Otis from dying or being left with permanent brain damage.’

A C-section was performed, and Otis was ventilated immediately, but Chester had to be immobilized first because he became too weak during birth.

A C-section was performed, and Otis was ventilated immediately, but Chester had to be immobilized first because he became too weak during birth.

LR Albert, Florence and Phoebe are excited by the news of the twins.  Meanwhile Kelly was eating about 200 grams of protein a day and drinking about five liters of water to help her growth

LR Albert, Florence and Phoebe are excited by the news of the twins. Meanwhile Kelly was eating about 200 grams of protein a day and drinking about five liters of water to help her growth

Baby Otis is receiving oxygen at 8 weeks of age.  Kelly was told that Chester's heart rate was decreasing and that he would be less likely to survive the caesarean.

Baby Otis is receiving oxygen at 8 weeks of age. Kelly was told that Chester’s heart rate was decreasing and that he would be less likely to survive the caesarean.

After surgery, Kelly and Billy were told that Chester was still only gaining about 25 grams a week, while Otis was gaining about 100 grams a week.

She said: ‘I was being told at every scan that he would not survive which was heartbreaking.

‘I went and was eating about 200 grams of protein per day to help him grow and drinking about five liters of water to try to raise Chester’s water levels because they were too low.

‘It didn’t help in any way, but I did everything I could to refill his level and keep him fighting.’

Kelly during pregnancy.  A C-section was performed, and Otis was ventilated immediately, but Chester had to be immobilized first because he became too weak during birth.

Kelly during pregnancy. A C-section was performed, and Otis was ventilated immediately, but Chester had to be immobilized first because he became too weak during birth.

Prematrue Chester in 2 weeks in the hospital.  When Chester came out, they found a knot in his cord, which also stunted his growth.

Prematrue Chester in 2 weeks in the hospital. When Chester came out, they found a knot in his cord, which also stunted his growth.

Chester’s condition stabilized but at 28 weeks, Kelly’s waters broke, and she was in the blue light to go…

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