LOCAL twins who made an early arrival into the world eight years ago were back at Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital on Monday on an emotional journey in their grandpa’s memory.
In October 2002, Scott and Iona Nicoll each weighed less than a bag of sugar when they were born three and a half months early.
They spent 13 weeks at Ninewells in the care of the Neonatal Intenive Care Unit and Special Care Baby Unit, whose expert care has never been forgotten by parents Graham and Louise.
Just after the twins’ first birthday the Inverarity family returned to the hospital with an £1800 donation from a special celebration, and there was a further boost for the departments when another fundraiser was held as Scott and Iona turned five.
The family’s latest support for the neonatal unit’s lifesaving work came from a collection at the funeral of Louise’s dad, well-known Angus businessman Ferg Robertson.
He passed away last December at the age of 73 and despite the tragic loss, widow Marion and the family were determined that the sad event should bring further support for the many families given new hope by the work of the dedicated Ninewells team.
Scott and Iona led the handover of a £400 cheque on an emotional occasion for the family on Monday, when the eight-year-olds were able to see for themselves the unit where they spent their first few months.
“It was quite strange to go back with them and I think that after seeing the incubators and the equipment - even just through the doors of the unit - that they might have a few questions once they have time to think about a bit more,” said Louise.
“We were all devastated to lose dad, but the neonatal unit is so important to us after Scott and Iona’s early arrival and we thought it was perhaps poignant that dad’s death might benefit the birth of another.
“We haven’t been back for a few years so it was great to see some of those wonderful nurses again,” added Louise.