Tyne & Wear

Twins Dylan and Hannah born in England and Scotland

Baby twins
Image caption Dylan (left) was born in England while Hannah was born in Scotland

A mother from Northumberland gave birth to twins less than two hours apart in two different countries.

Donna Keenan, 28, gave birth to Dylan Joseph at about 22:00 BST on 1 July in the living room of her house in Wooler.

After being taken 40 miles by ambulance to Borders General Hospital in Melrose, Scotland, Hannah Rose was born at 23:39 BST.

Miss Keenan and boyfriend, Joe Fox, 24, were watching the final of Euro 2012 when she went into labour.

She said she had just returned home from the hospital after a routine check.

'Don't push'

"I'd only been home for about an hour and a half and my water broke. My contractions started coming rather quickly.

Image caption Dylan was born almost two hours earlier than sister Hannah

"We had to ring a paramedic because we weren't going to make it to the hospital."

The paramedic asked Miss Keenan to lie on the living room floor because the first of the two babies was about to be born.

The mother-of-three said: "It was quite scary because we didn't know what was going to happen. The next thing I was on the floor and he was born at 10 o'clock."

Paramedics decided they had enough time to take Miss Keenan to the nearest hospital in Melrose for her to give birth to the second baby.

She said: "It felt like the longest journey ever. The hospital is about an hour away from Wooler and they kept saying to me 'don't push!'"

Meanwhile, Mr Fox and his mother had to keep newborn baby Dylan warm as they travelled in a second ambulance to the same hospital.

He said he had had a premonition that Miss Keenan might give birth earlier in the day.

He said: "It was my own fault, I joked that morning that Donna wasn't allowed to go into labour while the final was on."