But the pair faced more hurdles in their first weeks than most do in their entire lives.
They were born at 25 weeks after being diagnosed with a rare condition – twin to twin transfusion syndrome – and the girls’ parents Liz and Craig were braced for the chance their babies might not make it.
But five years after undergoing life-saving surgery in the womb, they are thriving.
Mum Liz Ledsham-Jones said: “It’s quite rare, the chances of survival were very slim, and we were told that Madelyn would pass away and the surgery we needed to undergo while they were still in the womb would be to save Emelia’s life.
“It was a very grim time for us, it was awful.
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