Twins thank doctor for saving their lives

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Two young Kirkintilloch twin brothers are the picture of health – thanks to the skills of a dedicated doctor and 
her team.

Seven-year-olds Daniel and Paul Bankier weighed just 3lbs each when they were born 10 weeks premature at the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow in 2008.

Thanks to paediatrician Dr Helen Mactier and fellow 
doctors and midwives, the 
little boys, who are P2 pupils at Holy Family Primary School 
survived and thrived.

Every year since then, their mum Christine, who owns Rosebank Dancing School in the town, has donated the money raised from the school’s annual dancing display at Motherwell Civic Theatre to the hospital.

To date, the dance school and its talented young members have collected £7,000 for the special baby care unit at the hospital.

Last week, they handed over the latest cheque, for £1,000, to Dr Mactier.

Christine said: “About 150 dancers took part in this year’s display at Motherwell.

“We went up to the hospital to hand over the cheque to Dr Mactier. It’s our way of saying thank you to her and the hospital for the fantastic work they do.

“The money will go towards general funds for more equipment.”

The Princess Royal Maternity Hospital is adjacent to Glasgow Royal Infirmary on Alexandra Parade.

It has 140 beds and 
provides maternity and special care baby unit.

One grateful mum praised the hospital on Facebook.

She said: “If wasn’t for the quick thinking of doctors, me and my little boy might not have been here today.

“The staff in the neo-natal intensive care and special care units are totally amazing. My son had the best care.”