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Maria climbs Kilimanjaro for Tamba

While my husband Warren and I were on holiday in Ibiza my waters broke and I had to be flown to a hospital in Mallorca immediately, as there was no neonatal intensive care unit there for the girls to have any chance of survival. After 4 days of bed rest, medication and scans, as there was no amniotic fluid left I went into labour.

On the 5th October 2012 our precious identical twin girls Lily and Elissa  were born at 27 weeks. Very sadly Elissa passed away after 8 hours and Lily passed away after 9 days. They were so beautiful and perfect but just too tiny to survive. 

Our world fell apart, all of our dreams were taken away from us.

My life will never be the same again, not a day passes by where I don't think of Lily and Elissa, all the ifs, whys and should have beens. I miss them so much.

I wanted to create something positive from this devastating experience and so decided to undertake a major fundraising challenge in honour of our girls by climbing Kilimanjaro to raise money for Tamba.

I wanted to be able to help other people to get the support they need when one or more of their multiples pass away. The Tamba bereavement support group was an amazing family during this time. I hope that no one should go through the pain and heartache we have been through but if they do they have somewhere to go.


Top image: "Mawenzi Cone at sunrise from Kilimanjaro crater rim" by Sbork - Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.


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