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L-R: Dan with Donna when he was born; Dan and Donna reunited; Donna with Dan, girlfriend Sophia Iwasiak and their twin girls Evie and Emelia (photo contributed with thanks to Archant).
Twin dad reunited with Neonatal's Donna after 24 years
27 March 2017

Photos L-R: Dan with Donna when he was born; Dan and Donna reunited; Donna with Dan, girlfriend Sophia Iwasiak and their twin girls Evie and Emelia (photo contributed with thanks to Archant).

An assistant practitioner at our hospital has seen history repeat itself after caring for newborn twin girls 24 years after she looked after their father.

Dan Southey weighed just 1lb 10oz when he was born prematurely in 1992, and spent around six weeks on the Neonatal Unit while he gained enough strength to be able to return home.

Among the staff who cared for him was assistant practitioner Donna Hanley-Worsfield, who is now helping Dan’s own twin newborns Evie and Emelia to put on weight before they return home to Leiston with Dan and his girlfriend Sophia Iwasiak (22).

“People kept saying that one of the little girls looked exactly like me when I was born so I asked my mum to send me some pictures,” said Dan. “I was showing them to the staff and one of the nurses spotted Donna and told us she was still working on the unit.

“It was really nice to see someone who had looked after me all those years ago and is now doing the same for my little girls. My mum has also been in to say hello and they recognised each other straight away. I think they were both really pleased to be able to catch up.

“We’re really grateful to everyone on the unit for the care they have given the girls and are now really looking forward to getting them home.”

Evie and Emelia were born five-and-a-half weeks premature on 15 March and weighed 4lb 8oz and 4lb 9oz respectively. They are making good progress and should be able to return home within the next few days.

“It has been really nice to care for the twins as I remember Daniel and his family well,” said Donna, who has worked at the hospital for 32 years. “His mum and dad were so lovely – I’ve always enjoyed fishing and remember chatting to his dad about how he was going to get Daniel a fishing rod when he was old enough.

“Dan showed me the picture of us together which was taken on the day he went home and it brought back some memories! His mum has popped in as well which was really nice.

“Things like this make me feel how lucky I am to have such a fantastic job.”