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I’m doing something a bit crazy this year….

Posted on 12 Sep 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

…over 67,000 burpees for charity. That’s right; over 67,000 burpees. What’s a burpee? http://30dayfitnesschallenges.com/how-to-do-a-burpee/

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That’s not me in that video, by the way. that is me in the image above though rocking the pink St. George’s Hospital vest with the amazing staff there and the professor who saved the lives of our twin sons. I am also documenting all of my daily burpees each day on my Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages:

www.facebook.com/ForTheBoysTTTS

Twitter: @ForTheBoysTTTS

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd8IEQYhvrxD45UymzD5WvA

Although, the most important link is this one: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Craig-PetersTTTS

So what I am doing is adding one burpee on each day of the year – one burpee on the 1st January, two on the 2nd January, and so on. This meant that by the 1st September I went past the 30,000 mark. In December alone I will have to complete just under 11,000 burpees.

The motivation behind this challenge is to help raise money for the New Kit Appeal, which includes raising £25k for fetal endoscopic equipment at St George’s Hospital. My challenge has already captured the attention of many with various outlets covering the burpee challenge:

– Front page on the Worthing Herald: http://www.worthingherald.co.uk/news…sons-1-7419192

– A full page feature and Q&A in Men’s Health magazine: http://www.menshealth.co.uk/fitness/…charity-closed

– A piece in The Brighton Argus: http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/local…his_twin_sons/

– A visit to do burpees at Brighton & Hove Albion: http://www.seagulls.co.uk/news/artic…e-3141399.aspx

– A tweet and support from Team GB athlete Louise Hazel

– A live interview on BBC Sussex Radio – fast forward to 3hrs 41mins: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p040hh6f#play

– The pinnacle was visiting the team and professor who did the treatment at St George’s Hospital and doing burpees with them: https://www.stgeorges.nhs.uk/newsite…ne-department/

So why? Why in the name of Mr. Burns am I doing this? Let me tell you…

In February 2014, at week 20 of our pregnancy with identical twin boys, me and my wife Kyrie, were diagnosed with twin to twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), something which occurs in just 10% of multiple pregnancies. TTTS affects only identical or monozygotic twins who develop from the splitting of a single egg during the first 14 days after fertilisation, and who also share a placenta – monochorionic twins. The placenta has a web of blood vessel connecting the twins with the mother and usually they allow an even flow of blood and nutrients to each of the embryos. However, in a TTTS pregnancy, the flow of blood in these vessels between the twins is out of balance resulting in one twin getting too much blood; this can put a strain on the heart and lead to heart failure. Whilst the other receives too little which can affect their growth and survival.

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As a result, we had to undergo emergency laser surgery – if we did nothing there was a 90% chance we would lose our boys. This technique developed by foetal specialists at St George’s involves a laser burning and closing the blood vessels on the placenta. With that said, by even going through the laser treatment there was still a one in three chance that both twins would survive; a one in three chance that only one would make it; and a one in three chance we could lose both. It was terrifying.

We appreciate we are one of the lucky ones but there’s families out there experiencing the roller-coaster ride of TTTS, sometimes with very tragic consequences. The burpees are obviously getting very tough but what’s driving me is both the huge levels of support I’ve been getting, the constant thought of what the hospital did for us, along with the thought of other parents going through TTTS. It is a heart-breaking disease and I just want to do my bit so the hospital can gain access to new fetal endoscopic equipment. We are eternally grateful to the doctors who saved the lives of our boys.

So, this is for all of you going through the horrible, confusing, and damn right heartbreaking disease that is TTTS. My heart goes out to each and every single one of you. We are eternally grateful to the miracle consultants who perform this mind-blowing operation to help save the lives of babies up and down the UK.


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