It is common for twins to tell stories that suggest they share a bond so close it is almost telepathic. But not many can say their apparent sixth sense helped them save their sibling’s life.
When Gemma Houghton got a feeling that her sister Leanne was in trouble she burst in on the 15-year-old and found her unconscious underwater in the bath.
She dragged her out and managed to revive her using skills she picked up on a first-aid course. Yesterday Gemma told of how she feels dizzy when her epileptic twin sister suffers a fit.
She believes this subconscious link let her know that Leanne was in danger.
‘I just got this feeling to check on her,’ said Gemma. ‘I went up to the bathroom and she was under the water. At first I thought she was washing her hair or playing a trick.
‘But when I lifted her head out of the water she had turned blue. I knew she had had a fit.’
After Gemma hauled her sister out of the water – ‘She weighed a ton’ – she called an ambulance and, remembering her first-aid training, began trying to resuscitate Leanne.
‘She started making some horrible noises, like a truck, and I knew she was coming round,’ she said.