SPECIAL BOND: Twin boys Archie and Henry du Preez, moments before Archie fell asleep on his big brother's lap.
SPECIAL BOND: Twin boys Archie and Henry du Preez, moments before Archie fell asleep on his big brother's lap. Contributed

Brave baby boy to watch over twin brother as guardian angel

LITTLE Henry du Preez won't grow up in tandem with his twin brother, cause mischief or run amok - instead he'll have a guardian angel looking over him.

The boys were born at just 30 weeks, with Archie suffering from a rare and incurable form of lung disease.

Parents Jenna and Steven were told Archie wouldn't survive the weekend with x-rays showing some of the "most severe" scans the doctors had ever seen.

After five months battling, Archie lost his life on Friday.

The Buderim couple said they felt blessed to have him for as long as they did.

"Archie was the sweetest little boy, so loyal, so patient," Jenna said.

"He just looked at you with trust and love. Everyone who met him was really touched.

"Compared to his twin, Henry is really demanding and needy. Archie is nothing like that, very calm."

With both boys separated by incubator, it took a while for them to finally meet each other.

They bonded instantly.

"They would reach out and grab each other, they got quite interactive, pulling and poking each other," she said.

"We recently popped Archie on top of Henry's tummy and Archie just had a nap on his stomach. Henry thought it was hilarious.

"Both of the boys were just so happy."

Archie's funeral will be held at Hummingbird House - a hospice house for children - on Thursday.

It was where the du Preezs were able to spend their final moments with their brave baby boy.

"Nothing can prepare you for his life to end but the way it unfolded has been like in a movie, beautiful and amazing," she said.

"Archie is no longer in pain and that's the main thing.

"Henry was such a good big brother to him and Archie will live on in our memories."

A GoFundMe page has been set up by the family and can be found be searching Archie du Preez.

Already more than $19,000 has be raised - which the du Preez plan to donate to Hummingbird House.



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