A young mum was being comforted by relatives after her fiancé and twin babies all died within five months.
Michelle Clark's fiance Karl Davies, 27, died from leukaemia hours before they were due to wed at his hospital bedside.
Her only comfort was carrying the babies they had longed for.
But the twins were born two months prematurely on January 30, weighing just 1lb 10oz each.
Baby Ria died on February 16 and Karl Steven, named after his dad, lost his fight for life six days later.
The babies were buried together in a single coffin alongside the dad they never knew.
Karl's mum Sylvia said: "To place that little coffin next to my son's was almost more than I could bear. But that's where they should be, next to their father."
"Everyone is devastated and very protective of Michelle - she's been through an awful lot this last year."
Karl was diagnosed with leukaemia three years ago and underwent two bone marrow transplants.
He saw the first scan of the twins just days before he died last September.
The death of baby Karl Steven is being investigated amid concerns over his care at Salford Royal Hospital.
Michelle, 28, from Salford, Greater Manchester, has asked for donations in memory of the twins to BLISS, the charity that helps sick and premature babies, via its website www.bliss.org.uk.
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