Time spent: January 11, 1983 | Canberra weather

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New parents Helen and Frank Butler rejoiced at the arrival of their newborn twins that day in 1983, as the Royal Canberra Hospital saw the arrival of the first pair of IVF twins from the ACT. After at least six years of unsuccessful trials, the parents decided to resort to the IVF program, feeling it was their only hope. The couple were accepted into the IVF program at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne in 1981. The following year they received a call to travel to Melbourne for treatment. After their visit, they returned to Canberra to begin six anxious weeks awaiting results. At the end of the wait time, they received the wonderful news that the treatment had been successful and they could expect twins to join their families the following year. That expectation came true when Caitlin and Nicholas Butler were born on January 10, one minute apart. Caitlin arrived first, weighing 2.61 kilograms, followed by her brother Nicholas, who weighed 2.9 kilograms. The parents’ house in Kaleen was ready to welcome the new arrivals, with a nursery equipped to accommodate the twins.

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