A mum's joy at finding out she was pregnant with twins turned to heartbreak after she was told her baby needs surgery to save his life.

Emily Clarke, 27, said she and partner Adam were delighted to hear she was having a boy and a girl after their last baby was stillborn at 38 weeks.

However, their happiness was short lived. After her 20 week scan, they were given the devastating news that their twin boy would need lifesaving open heart surgery as soon as he’s born.

Emily said: “This is every parent’s worst nightmare.

“To find out about this just felt like bad news after bad news.”

Emily’s baby has a condition called TGA, which stands for transposition of the great arteries.

The condition means the two main blood vessels leaving the heart, the pulmonary artery and the aorta, are swapped over.

This blood flowing to the lungs picks up oxygen but is then pumped back to the lungs instead of travelling around the body.

Blood flowing round the body is unable to reach the lungs to pick up oxygen and continues circulating.

Untreated, over 50% of infants with transposition will die in the first month of life and 90% in the first year.

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Emily said: “Because it was found at the 20 week scan there's a 98% chance of him living. But if they found it just after he was born it would have been fatal.”

Emily, from Preston, is due to give birth to the twins in Liverpool Women’s Hospital next month.

As soon as the twins are born they will be separated and the boy rushed to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital for the first part of the lifesaving surgery.

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But the couple, who also have one-year-old daughter Della-Rae, were dealt another blow after Emily was told they won’t have a place to stay in Liverpool after Ronald McDonald House stopped admissions due to a reported case of coronavirus.

They have been told recovery from the surgery will keep their son in Alder Hey for at least 28 days but now they have nowhere to stay.

They have started a Justgiving page to try and raise funds so that the family can stay together in Liverpool while their son recovers.

You can donate towards the family's fundraising for accommodation in Liverpool here.

Emily said: “There’s no grandparents to look after the children as my mum has recently had a stroke.

“We've nowhere to go. These twins could come anytime now, I'm due in two weeks.

She added: "The only option that's been given is to put Della-Rae into child protection services, and that's the last thing I'd want."