"We will never forget our boys": Tory Minister Guy Opperman pays tribute to the newborn twin sons Teddy and Rafe after they died in the hospital
- Tory MP for Hexham said he and Ms. Flora, Teddy and Rafe's boys had died last week
- He made a tragic announcement on Twitter, including a quote from a Buddhist concept
- He said the first-born Teddy "came and went quickly and quietly from this world"
- He added: "Our younger twin Rafe was born on Tuesday, but died that day."
A government minister has written a moving tribute to his newborn twin sons who died in the hospital.
Guy Opperman, Conservative MP for Hexham, Northumberland, said he and his wife's boys Flora, Teddy, and Rafe had died last week.
In a series of tweets that cited a Buddhist concept of the nature of life and death, Opperman said that Teddy "came and went quickly and quietly from this world."
He added: “Our younger twin Rafe was not born until Tuesday 23rd, but died later that day in the neonatal intensive care unit. Losing babies and dealing with grief are very difficult. & # 39;
Guy Opperman, Conservative MP for Hexham, Northumberland, said he and his wife's boys Flora, Teddy, and Rafe had died last week
The pension minister, who fought a brain tumor in 2011, continued: “Nothing we can do. Just a terrible tragedy.
“We came out of the hospital in shock a week ago. We took some time off to relax.
"I'm part-time at work again, but I can take it. We'll get through this, but always miss our boys. & # 39;
The 55-year-old wrote: “The loss of our younger twin Rafe was particularly acute. He lived and died within a long day. But we appreciate our time with him in the intensive care unit for newborns.
“We were able to tell him about all our hopes and dreams for him and our family. but he couldn't make it and died in Flora's arms. & # 39;
He thanked the NHS doctors and nurses who tried to save the twins.
The family works with the Sands charity, which helps families cope with the grief of losing babies, and said they will set up a "small research fund to prevent other families from having the same pain".
Regarding the Buddhist concept that life and death are like a wave, he said: “The wave quote is a good description of this terrible process and an acceptance of life that is passing away.
"You never regret having children. Sometimes there is a baby loss. We will never forget our boys. You will always be with us. Unfortunately only in their minds and memories. & # 39;
Mr. Opperman, born in Wiltshire and educated at Harrow School, was elected to Parliament in 2010.
He previously described himself as "more leftist" among the conservatives and urged them to do more to help "the hard-working people in our public sector".
Mr. Opperman was diagnosed with a brain tumor just a year after he was appointed to the MP.
In an article for the Daily Mail, the former jockey said at the age of 45: "It was not what I expected" and added: "A brain tumor. What the doctor told me was wrong with me I felt the color run out of me. & # 39;
He said he was numb with fear and shock when a young doctor at St. Thomas' hospital in London told him he needed surgery to remove it and there was a two to three percent chance of it death.