Twins Chester and Otis Graves share an inseparable bond that has proven to be vital for Chester’s growth. Their parents, Kelly and Billy Graves, believe that the affection and support from his brother have played a significant role in Chester’s 𝐟𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 for survival.
After being born prematurely, the twins finally met for the first time since their birth on September 22. Despite Otis sleeping, Chester couldn’t take his eyes off his brother. Touching photographs capture the heartwarming moments during family visits to Chester in the neonatal unit at Southend Hospital.
At Kelly’s 16-week scan, it became apparent that there was a significant size difference between the twins, with Chester lagging behind by 25%. This led to concerns about Chester’s development and his struggles to gain weight. Kelly was later admitted to King’s College Hospital in London for specialized care.
To address the issues affecting Chester’s growth, Kelly underwent surgery to access the shared placenta connecting the twins. It was revealed that Chester’s lack of nutrients from the placenta was hindering his proper development. Despite the surgery, Chester continued to face challenges, growing at a slower rate compared to Otis.
Kelly tirelessly took measures to increase Chester’s chances of thriving. She consumed a high protein diet and increased her water intake, hoping to improve his depleted water levels. Chester’s condition eventually stabilized at 28 weeks, leading to Kelly’s transfer to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
On July 15, 2021, Chester Graves was born at 28 weeks, weighing only 1 pound 1 ounce. In contrast, Otis weighed 3 pounds 7 ounces. Chester’s arrival was met with complications, including a knot in his cord that affected his 𝗯𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗱 flow. The medical team worked swiftly to assist him.
In the following weeks, Chester faced additional challenges such as NEC (necrotizing enterocolitis) and a hole in his heart. However, he continued to 𝐟𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 against all odds. While Otis steadily gained weight and was eventually discharged, Chester remained in the hospital, weighing 3 pounds 6 ounces.
Kelly and Billy eagerly await the day when both twins can be reunited at home. Despite enduring numerous hardships, Chester’s determination to thrive and be with his family is unwavering. His weight has tripled, but he still has a little more to gain before his homecoming. The family looks forward to that moment with hope and anticipation.