14 Monday, 10 August 2009 London Lite THE parents of twins born to save their brother from a rare life-threaten- ing disease have spoken about their decision to create them as donors for their sick six-year-old son. Amy and Anthony Maguire were born after doctors suggested using IVF treatment to select embryos which would be a perfect bone mar- row match for brother Connor. He has aplastic anaemia, a condition where the immune system destroys parts of the bone marrow which produce blood cells. The only long- term cure for the disease is a bone marrow transplant but despite a worldwide search a match could not be found. Today the twins father Laurence Maguire, 42, denied the decision was as simple as creating a spare parts baby. I never ever think that we didnt have the twins for the right reason, he said. Once you see your children, any notion that they are spare parts is gone. We wouldnt change anything, they are our chil- dren and we love them all. Mr Maguire said he and partner Wendy Plant, 37, chose to try the IVF programme after the worldwide search for a bone marrow match for Connor drew a blank. Another son, Daniel, four, was not a match. Ms Plants consultant, Dr Sarah Ball, at St Georges Hospital, Tooting, suggested the couple considered creating a so-called saviour sibling as they were intending to have more children. With the help of fertility doctor Mohammed Taranissi, at the A s s i s t e d Re p r o d u c t i o n a n d Gynaecology Centre, the couple started treatment to create embryos in a laboratory, which were then tested to see if they could be suitable as future bone marrow donors. The twins, now two, were born at St Helier Hospital in Carshalton, where cord blood was taken and stored. This can be used to harvest stem cells for Connors treatment in the future. Sound&Lite TOP 10 SINGLES TOP 10 ALBUMS PETE ANDRE -- BEhiND ClosED DooRs Proving the lyrical genius of insania was no fluke (remember Cloning will diverse /Ageing will reverse?), Petes revenge single rhymes cry, try and lie. Whod have thought our lives would be so exposed? he sings, searchingly. Perhaps you, when you signed the iTv2 contract? AMBER COWAN Single of the week Schizophrenic beat his dad to death thEyRE dEfiNitEly NOt spARE pARts BABiEs, sAy pARENts twins are born to save sick brother Perfect match: twins Amy and Anthony Maguire with brother Connor. Their stem cells could help him by Kevin widdop The family of a lecturer battered to death by his schizophrenic son slammed the health service today. Park Royal centre for mental health in north west London was blasted for releasing Omar Parada Blanco, despite warnings he presented a danger to the public. Blanco went on to beat father enrique Parada Castro to death with a vacuum cleaner, because he believed Mr Castro had disrespected rappers when he told his son to pull up his trousers. Today Omars sister Victoria Parada Blanco said doctors had failed her brother, alleging his case was neglected. Omar, of Cricklewood, pleaded guilty to manslaughter due to diminished responsibility at an earlier hearing. Judge Stephen Kramer sentenced Omar indefinitely to a Broadmoor mental hospital. 1 (-) Never Leave You Tinchy Stryder feat Amelle 2 (1) I Gotta Feeling Black Eyed Peas 3 (3) Supernova Mr Hudson feat Kanye West 4 (2) Beat Again JLS 5 (6) Sweet Dreams Beyonc 6 (4) I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) Pitbull 7 (5) Evacuate The Dancefloor Cascada 8 (7) Bulletproof La Roux 9 (8) Paparazzi Lady GaGa 10 (-) Get Shaky Ian Carey Project 1 (1) The Essential Michael Jackson 2 (2) Lungs Florence + The Machine (below) 3 (3) The End Black Eyed Peas 4 (4) Sunny Side Up Paolo Nutini 5 (12) I Am Sasha Fierce Beyonc 6 (6) The Fame Lady GaGa 7 (7) La Roux La Roux 8 (9) West Pauper Lunatic Asylum Kasabian 9 (-) Bad Michael Jackson 10 (14) The Best Of Chicane poST yoUR ibLoG ReviewS AT thisislondon.co.uk/lite H Source: The Official UK Charts Company index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html