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She was 24 weeks pregnant with twins, and on her 'babymoon' when she went into labour.

Their holiday was supposed to be a once-in-a-lifetime trip. But it would soon turn to into a tragedy when they suffered a devastating loss.

In May this year, Kim Kirzow Spratt and her husband Fred traveled to Portugal for their last holiday together as a childless couple.

They were going on their ‘babymoon’ — a last hoorah before Kim was due to give birth in August.

Kim was pregnant with twins, a boy and a girl. The couple were said to be thrilled about having one of each because they would get to experience “the best of both worlds.”

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Image: Go Fund Me.

One night Kim started to have cramps.

As it worsened, she was rushed to hospital where the couple were told that Kim — only 24 weeks into her pregnancy — was in labour.

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After Kim was taken to hospital she was separated from her husband who was not allowed into the labour room.

“Everyone was speaking Portuguese in the delivery room, and I didn’t know what was going on,” she told PEOPLE magazine. “I’ve never felt so alone and frightened.”

Kim and Fred. Image: Facebook.

After the babies were delivered, they were whisked away for urgent medical attention and intensive care.

Four days later, after Kim and Fred had returned to their hotel room, they received a tragic phone call from the hospital.

Their son Hudson, who was was born weighing just 1 pound 12oz, had died.

“I think of his face that looked just like his daddy’s, and when he held my finger, and it brings tears, but also smiles. He will always be our son, our hero and our champion,” Kim said.

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The Spratt’s little babies. Image: Go Fund Me.

The Spratt’s little girl, Hayden Grace, remains in hospital battling for her life. And her mum and dad are still by her side and will stay in Portugal until she is well enough to fly home.

“The last thing we want is for Hayden to fight this long fight, then have her immune system compromised getting home,” Kim said.

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Kim and Fred are now able to hold little Hayden for short periods of time.

“We have yet to really feel that overwhelming feeling of happiness – that, ‘Hey, we are parents.’ That’s what our eyes are set on.

“We have gotten very good at being patient and waiting, knowing every day that every moment is a big moment.”

The Spratt’s friends have started a GoFundMe page to help them through the financial difficulties of their ordeal.

According to the fund founder, Vanessa Adams, the money will help pay hospital bills and help make up for the family’s lost income through this period.

They have currently raised more than $46,000.

If this post brings up any issues for you, please contact the Miracle Babies Foundation, Australia’s leading organisation supporting premature and sick newborns and their families on 1300 622 243.

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