Double shot of generosity
WHEN twins Molly and Sophie Price, 7, were nursed as babies inside Lismore Base Hospital, they had to be cared for in separate cots.
But two specially-designed cots have now been donated to the hospital so twins no longer have to be separated.
The cots, worth $1700 each, were donated by Damien Price on behalf of North Coast Financial Services and Ballina Insurance Brokers, and Mary and Gary Bryant, of Coffee Shots in Lismore Arcade.
Mr Price decided to fundraise for the cot to show his gratitude to the hospital after his daughters were born 10 weeks prematurely.
"We spent seven weeks in here as a family with the girls in separate cots and we just thought it would be great if one day we could pay for a cot for twins," he said.
Nearly half of all twins are born premature, but until now the hospital did not have cots equipped to nurse twins side-by-side.
The girls' mother, Elise Price, said she said it was important for infant twins to be kept together.
"They're together in the womb and when you take them apart it's all foreign," she said.
"I hope it gives parents some comfort, some peace of mind and a lot of joy to watch their babies together and see how their babies interact."
Mrs Price said even now her daughters still chose to sleep in the same bed.
"We've tried many times to separate them, but they always end up back together," she said.
The generosity of Lismore's coffee drinkers helped raise money for the second cot, Mrs Bryant said.
"Whatever donation customers put in we doubled each day and we actually met our target within four weeks. Our customers were just unbelievable," the Coffee Shots owner said.
The hospital's nurse unit manager, Joanne Ezzy, was delighted with the donation.
"Donations are our lifeblood. Every piece of equipment in our special care unit has been bought through the generosity of businesses and private contributions from the people of Lismore and surrounding area. We wouldn't be able to function without them," she said.
Caring for twins
Research shows it's safe for twins under three months old to sleep in the same cot provided there is enough space.
As twins are often more comfortable together their stay in hospital is less traumatic if they are kept together.
Twins in the same cot may adjust their sleep cycles and temperatures better when they are kept together.