Two for Joy is the heart-warming true story of disabled twins Thomas and Alice, and their desperate fight for life after being born four months prematurely. James Melville-Ross, their father, tells of how the twins not only survived – despite being given the last rites as babies – but also thrived.
From the dramatic first few months of the twins' lives – when Alice suffered a heart attack when only a day old, and Thomas's lungs filled with blood, leaving him only twenty minutes away from death – Two for Joy reveals the path that James and his wife Georgie have followed as parents to two severely disabled children. After the initial anger came the sheer hard work: the sleepless nights; the hospital dashes; the curious stares and unwelcome comment from strangers.
But slowly came acceptance and, eventually, celebration of the joy that the medical marvels Thomas and Alice – now happy and energetic ten year olds – have brought to their lives. Finally they understood that disability might have turned their world upside down, but that it has also provided rewards beyond anything they could have imagined.
This story is for any parent experiencing the shock of having extremely premature babies or coming to terms with having a child diagnosed with a disability. More than that, this story will change people's attitudes to disability, and show that love and true happiness can be found in even the most challenging of circumstances.