A LOVING mother from Bracknell who nearly lost her twin boys in the womb is running the London Marathon to raise money for the twin charity Tamba.

In February 2016 Sarah Rose discovered that she was having identical twins but received the news that they had a rare condition called twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS).

TTTS causes one baby to have less food while putting a strain on the heart of the other.

Sarah underwent a procedure during pregnancy to save both her twins.

She said: “I was petrified that I would lose them at any time and didn't know if this was going to be the last time I saw them alive.”

The operation was a success and despite the diagnoses of a twin anaemia polycythemia sequence called TAPS the twins called Lucas and Issac survived.

Sarah added: “Throughout the pregnancy we felt like we could never get too excited; we couldn't prepare for their arrival as it was like tempting fate.

“Our boys were certainly little fighters but until they were in our arms, we just had to focus on getting through week by week.”

“We can never thank St George’s Hospital enough. Without the Professor and his team and the ongoing research they are involved in with the TTTS research project our boys may not be here today."

Sarah will be taking part in the London Marathon to raise money for the Tamba charity, who fund vital research.

She said: “A day never goes by when I don't appreciate our miracles and I as I run, jog or even crawl the London paths I will keep reminding myself of our journey and the reason I am running.”

Keith Reed, CEO of Tamba believes more needs to be done about the condition.

He said: “More needs to be known about both conditions which is why we set up the TTTS registry so data can be used by doctors to study the conditions and develop treatments to improve outcomes in the future.

“We’d like to thank Sarah and the other three London Marathon runners who are raising vital funds for Tamba and research programmes. “

The London Marathon takes place on Sunday, April 28.

For more information about Sarah's story and to donate, visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=salou3221&pageUrl=4 .