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Aussie Mother Nilissa Baynton Shares the Plight of Special Needs Twin Daughters

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A Fine Time for Healing

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Beautiful twin girls, Sophia and Olivia were born via c section at 28 weeks and spent 21 days in the Special Care Unit in Brisbane Australia. The girls came into this world with respiratory issues, eczema, gut and bowel issues. Their immune system was just not coping and they were only starting this journey of life.

Upon being able to take them home Nilissa and her husband had a intensive routine of volume feeding and physiotherapy. This continued for 9 months until they were finally given the all clear from their pediatrician. Still, Sophia and Olivia were always sick; ear infections, reflux, covered in eczema. Every specialist said this was normal and to stop worrying. At 13 months they made a trip to Melbourne to see other specialists for further testing, opinions and management. They spent 3 months there but got no answers.

At 16 months the girls stopped developing, and due to their extremely poor health began regressing. A specialist told Nilissa and her husband that the girls were severely autistic and that they should put them in a home, forget about them as they will never be anything. 

For the last ten years, Nilissa has been searching for answers. She refuses to give up on her precious daughters. She and her parents have exhausted all financial resources and her marriage has broken up. Now she is doing all of this as a single mother. Today she is here to tell us her heartbreaking story. In the meantime, if you'd like to learn more about this story and the monumental struggles these beautiful, now ten year old twin girls have had since that day, please go to Healing Sophia and Olivia.

This is an inspiring story that you do not want to miss. Be sure to tune in and listen.