Well, we try again. And again. And again!
In July 2018 I will attempt (for the second time) to break the Guinness World Record for the most number of burpees in 24 hours.
In 2016 I completed over 67,000 burpees to help raise money for St. George's Hospital and on December 3rd 2016 I attempted to break the Guinness World Record for the most number of burpees in 24 hours. Sadly, I my body (and mind) caved in after nearly 6,500 burpees. We did FANTASTIC work last time raising nearly £17,000 which meant St George's were able to purchase a new fetal endoscopic machine which was similar to the one which treated our boys.
Without the expertise of the staff at St George's Hospital our twin boys would not be here today. In February 2014, at week 20 of my wife's pregnancy with our identical twin boys, we were diagnosed with twin to twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), something which occurs in 10% of multiple pregnancies.
The placenta has a web of blood vessels connecting the twins with the mother and which usually allows an even flow of blood and nutrients to each of the embryos.
However, in a TTTS pregnancy,the flow of blood in these vessels is out of balance and, as a result, one twin gets too much blood, which can put a strain on the heart and lead to heart failure, and the other too little, affecting its growth and survival.
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 techniquewas developed by foetal specialists at St George's and involves using a laser to burn and close some of the blood vessels in the placenta. With that said, even by going through the laser treatment there was still a one-in-three chance that both twins would survive, a one-in-threechance that only one would make it, and a one-in-three chance we could lose both.
We appreciate that we are one of the lucky ones and there are more and more people out there experiencing the roller-coaster ride of TTTS, sometimes with very tragic consequences.