'Our guardian angel': Mum of toddler Robyn Knox - who died in road accident - gives birth to twin boys
The mother of Robyn Knox, who tragically died four months ago after being struck by a car, has given birth to twin boys and says her ‘beautiful angel’ Robyn was watching over the family during what she described was a difficult birth.
Danielle Falconer and Barry Knox from Cardenden, welcomed their sons into the world on December 4 after a difficult birth which happened at the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy at night during a thunderstorm.
The birth, during which Ms Falconer lost a lot of blood, felt particularly unjust to the family following the loss of their 3 year-old daughter Robyn who was struck and killed by a car in the Townhill area of Dunfermline in August this year.
Ms Falconer said: “Things didn’t quite go as smoothly as we had planned, or hoped, and early Friday morning I had to be rushed to theatre, without Barry, and put under general anaesthetic to get the babies here quickly and safely.
"This, again, was another terrifying time in our lives - Barry’s more so as I was unaware - but I lost a severe amount of blood - 3400mls - and had to have two blood transfusions.
"It did feel unfair after after everything that’s happened to us.”
However, Ms Falconer commented that the safe arrival of her sons was ensured by their big sister “guardian angel.”
Ms Falconer said: “I’m just glad we have our beautiful angel looking after us all, making sure everything turned out okay in the end.
"The twins arrived at 4:17am and 4:18am - right in the middle of the snow/thunderstorm - our girl was telling us she was there.
"She is our guardian angel.”
As a tribute to their little girl, the couple decided to name their new-born twins in honour of her.
"We wanted all our babies to have the same initials and middle names so they will all always have a connection like no other,” Ms Falconer explained.
“Robin-Junior Skye Knox, who will be known as RJ, in memory of his beautiful big sister arrived at 4:17am weighing 6lb 9oz. River Skye Knox arrived at 4:18am weighing 7lb 5oz.”
Talking about her overall experience with the birth, Danielle shared her mixed emotions: “It’s very bittersweet as it’s an experience our little girl should have been part of and isn’t.”
After they were born, the boys spent six days in special care as they needed extra help with their oxygen levels, however, now they are back at home and thriving with thanks to the special care team at the Victoria Hospital.
Ms Falconer commented that the overall experience has made the couple put life into perspective.
"Everything that has happened to us has made us realise, even more, to appreciate the little things in life.
"No one ever thinks these things will happen to them but trust me they do.”
The couple are currently raising money to transform a room on the children’s ward in the Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy into a place for families and staff to use when they are faced with difficult situations.
Ms Falconer said: “Somewhere less clinical than usual hospital rooms as this is something we felt wasn’t an option when our family were able to spend time with Robyn after she had passed.”