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Mom Who Had Premature Twins Says Her Daughter Spookily Predicted Everything About Her Pregnancy

Samantha with the twins (PA Real Life/Collect)

A mom who gave birth to premature twins during lockdown shared how her four-year-old daughter spookily predicted her pregnancy, the sex of her babies and her brother and sister's due date.

Already feeling blessed to have two children, after struggling for 10 years to conceive with her husband Luis, when Samantha Lubanzu found out she was having twins, the couple were over-the-moon.

While Eliyanah was born after one round of IVF on the NHS, her brother Luis Jr was conceived naturally, as were six-month-old twins Ameliah and Levi – the result of a surprise pregnancy.

“About five weeks before I found out I was pregnant Eliyanah told me, 'You have a baby boy and a baby girl in your tummy, mommy,'" Samantha said.

“She said 'God told me', and she was right!"

With Samantha keen to have three children and Luis wanting four, their fertility problems had come as a terrible blow, although they eventually had the family they so wanted.

The twins (PA Real Life/Collect)

But when Eliyanah predicted her twin pregnancy, she was taken aback.

“I'd had bleeding in all my previous pregnancies and have also had three miscarriages," she said.

“While I know it sounds stupid, it never occurred to me when I went to the doctor complaining about feeling tired and suffering from nausea and a headache that I was pregnant again."

Confirming with a test in November that she was indeed expecting, at her nine-week scan at Manchester's St Mary's Hospital, Samantha and Luis learned there were two baby sacs, but the sonographer only detected one heartbeat.

Herself a twin and very close to her brother Nathan, at this point, Samantha put her faith in Eliyanah's prediction.

And, sure enough, when she went back to hospital two weeks later, there were two baby heartbeats.

The twins (PA Real Life/Collect)

At 16 weeks, the couple learned Samantha was carrying a boy and a girl, just as Eliyanah had said.

A month later, they were given a July 10 due date although she said the twins would, in fact, be born earlier.

“I was astonished by how accurate Eliyanah had been," said Samantha.

The twins (PA Real Life/Collect)

“I asked her how she knew all this and she just told me God had told her! Still, I have to admit, I found it reassuring, because I was scared all through the pregnancy that things might go wrong," she said.

“But because of what my daughter had said, I chose to believe that whatever happened, the twins would be born and would survive."

Because of her history of miscarriages and the fact they were twins, Samantha's pregnancy had been classed as high risk.

In between six weekly scans, she was shielding at home in line with the health advice being given to pregnant women during lockdown.

Three weeks into lockdown in April, she woke one morning and struggled to get out of bed.

Samantha with the twins (PA Real Life/Collect)

When she finally managed to get up, she felt a strong urge to push.

The added dizziness and vomiting alerted her to the fact her body was going into labour and she knew she had to get to hospital.

“I was very scared about going in and terrified of coming into contact with anyone, because I'd not been out for weeks – apart from to appointments – and all I'd seen were those images of busy general hospitals with very sick people on ventilators," she said.

Samantha with the twins (PA Real Life/Collect)

“When I got to the maternity ward, there was nobody about, though, just one security guard. It felt like the zombie apocalypse!"

Just 27 weeks and six days into the pregnancy, Samantha knew that every extra day she could keep her twins in the womb brought them a better chance of survival.

So, she was given drugs to halt the labour, which gave doctors the time to administer further medication to help accelerate the development of the twins' lungs, so they would be able to breathe when they were born.

Despite their intervention, within 24 hours the birth was happening.

And on April 17 the twins were born after a 24-hour labour.

Ameliah came first, but as Levi was positioned with his arm coming first and the rest of his body in the womb, putting her at risk of haemorrhage, doctors had to consider performing a C-section to deliver her twin.

Luis and Levi (PA Real Life/Collect)

Instead, they administered super strength induction drugs and Levi was born naturally.

Samantha was shocked by how tiny the twins were.

“You could hold them in the palm of your hand," she said.

Ameliah and Levi (PA Real Life/Collect)

Not allowed to touch or cuddle them immediately, they were whisked off to intensive care after the birth.

“The doctors had told us the twins would have a good chance of survival, but would need to get through the first 24 hours, so would be taken straight to intensive care," she said.

“When they were born, they said, 'They're breathing on their own and looking good,' which was a huge relief."

Samantha first saw them properly three hours later, by which time they were both in incubators and covered in wires.

She said they looked “transparent" and she was “terrified they would break" if she held them.

Over the days and weeks that followed, Samantha and Luis learned to handle their premature babies and celebrated each milestone they reached like when they could breathe and feed on their own, and maintain their own body temperature.

Supported by the charity Twins Trust, who gave them a volunteer nanny called Patsi, who was always available on WhatsApp when they needed advice.

The twins remained in hospital for 61 days and soon after the birth, Samantha became so sick with mastitis, a condition causing the breasts to become red and painful. So, she was hospitalized for three weeks.

Unable to walk, she had to be taken in a wheelchair to the nursery to see and spend time with Ameliah and Levi.

Ameliah and Levi (PA Real Life/Collect)

“Although the twins learned to latch on to breastfeed they did not take all the milk and I developed agonizing mastitis," says Samantha. “At one point I lost all the feeling down both my sides and could not move for the pain."

“And, because I am allergic to most antibiotics, my treatment was complicated, so I was in hospital for three weeks myself."

“On the plus side, it meant I got to see a lot of the twins, but I missed being with my older children and it was very hard on my husband, having to do everything that needed doing on his own. He was absolutely amazing."

Ameliah holding her mum's engagement ring (PA Real Life/Collect)

“The NHS staff at St Mary's Hospital and Wythenshawe Hospital were amazing throughout the birth and my treatment," she continued.

Samantha has shared a fantastic album of photos of her family on Instagram, which show no hints of the challenges they have faced.

The couple, who met through their church, say their journey to parenthood has been “one of faith."

“Although we struggled for so long to conceive, which did challenge my faith, we always believed we would be parents," said Samantha.

“We even bought a four-bedroom house to fill with our children. So, I would say to anyone, believe, pray and one day, it will happen."

“It may not have been easy, but we now have four beautiful children and we are overjoyed and over the moon with them."

Ameliah and Levi (PA Real Life/Collect)

“As for Eliyanah's predictions, maybe we should start seeing if she can help us to win the lottery next!" she added.

You can follow the twins and the family on Instagram @Lubanzutwins and for more information on Twins Trust see twinstrust.org