Avalon getting the twins ready for their first family outing. © UNICEF Pacific / 2016 / Sokhin)
In desperation, Feroz called the Cyclone Emergency Hotline, which prompted a fast response to the now heavily labouring mother. By 5.30am the police had arrived to take Avalon and Feroz to their van and they quickly went to the nearest hospital, albeit one ill-equipped for complicated deliveries.
“I knew I wasn’t going to make it to Lautoka, so we went to Nadi Hospital,” Avalon says, while gazing at the sleeping twins next to her.
“As soon as I got to hospital, the midwife checked me and said ‘you’re ready’. Within 20 minutes the first baby was born, Tina”.
That’s when things got even more complicated; the midwife discovered that the second baby was in breach position.