Eighteen cheers for miracle twins

FORMER Oberon twins Sharni and Blair Thompson will reacha milestone tomorrow when they turn 18.
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Sharni and Blair, who now live in Newcastle with theirparents Lori and Graham, are the grandchildrenof Oberon residents Lorraine and Colin Foran and Cheryl and the late RussellThompson.

The family was based in Oberon back in 1994 when Loriwent into premature labour and was rushed to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle.

The twins were delivered on August 31, three monthspremature.

Sharni was born first and weighed 760 grams and measured26cm. Blair weighed 860 grams and was 29cm long. They were not expected to lastthe day.

With the assistance of modern technology – and a miracle– the twins not only survived but will both graduate from school this year.

The twins were hospitalised for 92 days. They spent aweek and a half in Orange, before returning home to Oberon. The family livedwith grandparents Cheryl and Russell, who were managing the Tourist Hotel inOberon at the time.

The twins were on oxygen until they were six months old.

After much fundraising from Oberon community, Sharnireceived her first cochlear implant aged four.

When the twins turned eight, Lori and Graham moved thefamily to Newcastle so Sharni could attend St Dominics, a specialised schoolfor hearing-impaired children. With one-on-one therapy, Sharni moved forwardand eventually attended main stream high school.

Last week, Sharni received a new cochlear implant.

Sharni loves horses and rides for Riding for the DisabledAssociation at Raymond Terrace. She was selected to ride at this year’s RoyalEaster Show.

Blair is focusing on school and is interested in pursuinga multi media course.

The family will spend five days in Melbourne to celebratethe milestone, before returning to Oberon to celebrate with their extendedfamily.

NOW: Blair and Sharni Thompson will turn 18 tomorrow

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