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Australia Brisbane family struggling to pay for twins' funeral

07:05  03 december  2019
07:05  03 december  2019 Source:   brisbanetimes.com.au

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The family of six-week-old twin girls who died last week after being found unresponsive at their Brisbane home are struggling to pay for their funerals after the girls' father recently lost his job.

A close family friend said the parents were "haunted and shells of their former selves" who still had no answers from the coroner, who was investigating the cause of their daughters' deaths.

Emergency services, including police and paramedics, were called to Sunray Street in Sunnybank Hills, 14 kilometres south of Brisbane's CBD, about 5.40am last Wednesday.

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Police said the twins were sleeping together throughout the night before being found unconscious, with one baby declared dead at the scene.

The second twin, who had been rushed to hospital in a critical condition, died last Thursday.

The family has released the girls' names – Violet and Indiana – but asked that their own names and those of their two remaining children, a boy and girl, not be released.

Kieran Garratt, who is close friends with the twins' father, has set-up a GoFundMe page on behalf of the family to help cover the funeral costs.

"They are doing really badly," Mr Garratt said. "The level of grief they are feeling is something I have never experienced myself and I didn’t even know existed until now.

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"They refer to the twins as 'beautiful angels' when they’re sobbing and at their lowest."

The twins' father, who worked as a scientist at a university, recently lost his job when his contract wasn't renewed, and the family plans to move out of their now "haunted" home.

The fundraising campaign has a $20,000 target and there is no specific deadline because the coroner still had the twins' bodies on Tuesday and was yet to confirm their cause of death.

"It [their deaths] was completely accidental," Mr Garratt said. "One of the things they [the parents] said was to hold your own children a lot more.

"It really galvanises the way you look at your own children."

A neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, said at the scene last week she was in disbelief and overheard the twins' father "howling" and crying in the immediate aftermath.

"I just heard him cry for a really, really long time ... it was really sad," she said.

"He was howling for a long time.

"I was thinking, 'What the hell is this?' and that upset me quite a bit."

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A severe storm has dumped more than 100mm of rain in Brisbane in just an hour, matching what has fallen over the last six months.The storm delivered hail at Warwick and Applethorpe on the Darling Downs late on Wednesday night before delivering an hour-long drenching in Brisbane.

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