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Archie Powell, a twin, died four days after birth

Archie and Evalene were delivered in February this year, but Archie died at just four days old from a GBS infection.

Their mother, Dawn, 41 who lives in Margate, Kent, had no risk factors. Already a mother to Kienna, 11, Aralyn, nine, and Lyara, seven, she’d never been told she carried strep B and had not had any problems in previous deliveries.

When she and her husband Kevin, 51, a self-employed salesman, discovered they were having twins and that one would be a boy, they were thrilled.

Archie was born first at 37 weeks, the larger twin at just over 6lb. Evalene followed, weighing just over 5lb. Both appeared healthy.

Archie (left) and Evalene (right) were delivered in February this year, but Archie died at just four days old from GBS

Archie (left) and Evalene (right) were delivered in February this year, but Archie died at just four days old from GBS

Minutes after birth, Dawn noticed Archie was grunting. Within hours, his blood sugar levels and temperature dropped. 

A consultant showed Dawn a blotchy area on Archie’s stomach and noticed he became irritated if this area was touched.

Archie was transferred to the Evelina Children’s Hospital two hours away in London. There, he had blood tests and a consultant sat Mrs Powell down. 

‘She told me Archie had strep B he’d contracted from me during delivery. No one really explained what it meant and I had no idea I could be a carrier as I was never tested.

‘It was a heart-breaking decision but we decided it was not fair to make Archie suffer. We decided to turn off the life support.’

Olive died of pneumonia and meningitis before birth

Olive, the daughter of Zoe Elly, 22 and Douglas McBain, died in the womb of GBS complications - just days before she was due to be born.

Ms Ely and Mr McBain, first-time parents from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, were eagerly awaiting Olive's arrival in June this year.

Ms Ely found out she had GBS

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