Twins Born Prematurely Bring Christmas Gifts to Infants in Hospital

Their parents said they expected a full-term delivery.

By Karen Franklin
|  Tuesday, Dec 25, 2012  |  Updated 5:59 PM EDT
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Father and doctor Ramsey Saffouri spoke with NBC 6 South Florida about the birth of his twins at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. He and his family also brought gifts for infants at the facility.

Father and doctor Ramsey Saffouri spoke with NBC 6 South Florida about the birth of his twins at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. He and his family also brought gifts for infants at the facility.

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Five-year-olds Lina and Joseph Saffouri are no strangers to Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital.

The twins were born prematurely in 2007 and weighed only two pounds. Although the pair had little chance of survival, they've grown into healthy young children.

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On Christmas, the twins came with their parents to deliver gifts to infants in the hospital. Their father also thanked the staff for help in his children's delivery.

“When they were four pounds and five ounces, they said they were ready to go, and we were so overjoyed to leave, but we never had a chance to thank the great doctors here at Joe DiMaggio, the nurses and the staff,” father and doctor Ramsey Saffouri said.

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He and wife Irene expected a full-term delivery. They called the birth "life altering."

“And to see them so small and incubated and in harm’s way, as a physician it was very difficult,” he said.

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