CRADLING her newborn girls together for the first time, mum Amy Campbell smiles for the camera.
But tragically, only one of her tiny daughters would survive.
Born 13 weeks premature and weighing just 2lb each, Esme and Charlotte had spent seven weeks in separate incubators.
Just hours before the heartbreaking shot was taken, Amy, 30, and her husband Connor, 32, were told Esme had so much fluid on her brain that she would have no quality of life even if she survived.
Desperate to see the twins forge some kind of bond, Amy asked nurses to help her hold the pair at the same time.
And as they were placed on Amy’s chest, Charlotte wrapped an arm round her sister.
Amy told The Sun: “When I held them together, my world felt complete.
“Everything felt right for that moment.
“When Charlotte reached out to Esme, it was incredibly sweet.
“It was a very special moment between the two of them.
“It was like she was giving her sister a cuddle.”
Esme died in her mother’s arms two days after that picture was taken.
“Tears roll down Amy’s cheeks in another heartbreaking snap.
Amy is now expecting again, with a baby boy due next month.
And the Leeds couple are determined he and Charlotte, now aged 22 months, will grow up knowing about Esme, who Amy calls their “tiny dancer”.
She said: “Overcoming the milestones of my pregnancy has been very challenging and an anxious time.
“But with the support from family, friends, doctors and my midwife, we have got through it.
“I’m due in a week and since I’ve reached full term, I feel great and able to relax.
“Charlotte is too young to understand she’s going to be a big sister but we’re very excited.”
The couple, who met 12 years ago at university, started trying for a family after they married in September 2015.
And they were overjoyed when Amy learned she was pregnant in February 2016.
But they only discovered Amy, a former special needs teacher, was having twins when she suffered a bleed 11 weeks into the pregnancy.
Amy says: “I went from thinking I was having a miscarriage to finding out I was having two babies.
“The bleed happened because I was getting bigger twice as fast. I was in shock but so happy.”
Connor, a commercial manager, and Amy found out they were having girls at their 20-week scan.
But four weeks later Amy’s waters broke and she was rushed to Harrogate District Hospital, North Yorks.
She says: “For the next 17 days it was a case of hoping I wouldn’t go into labour. I couldn’t go home as both girls were breach.
“When the nurse told us Esme was sharing her waters with her sister, it was incredible to know the girls were working together. I felt very proud.”
Finally, after an emergency C-section, Esme was born weighing 2lb 2oz, and Charlotte 2lb. They were moved to a neonatal unit in separate incubators.
Amy says: “Charlotte was so poorly. They struggled to incubate her and we were told each hour was crucial.
“Esme was stronger but at about six weeks, Esme developed an infection.”
Amy was out walking the couple’s dog when she got a phone call from hospital staff.
She says: “They never called unless there was an emergency so I knew something was really wrong.
“I knew they were going to tell us Esme was dying. I collapsed in the field.”
Esme had a dangerous amount of fluid in her heart and on her brain.
Amy says: “They told us she was severely brain-damaged and would have no quality of life.
“She was having frequent seizures and would have to be on a lot of medication.
“The doctors and nurses were extremely supportive and said we didn’t have to make any rushed decisions. She was comfortable.”
To spare Esme more suffering, they made the agonising decision to switch off her life support.
The next day, the pair were christened on the ward.
Amy says: “The christening was beautiful. All our family and close friends were there.
“We were going to switch off Esme’s life support after the christening but we couldn’t do it.
“We decided to wait until the next day. She was having regular seizures and we knew there was no benefit to prolonging her suffering.
“That night I couldn’t sleep, so I went down to see Esme.
“I sat by her incubator and asked the nurse for a pen and paper. I just started to write about her.
“We always said she would be a dancer or love yoga because she was so relaxed and her little feet were always on the go.
It felt so good to write it all down and capture everything special about her.”
Life support was switched off the next day — a decision Connor calls “heartbreaking”.
He says: “You try to separate your emotion from it and do what you feel is right for your daughter, not what you want for yourself.”
He then carried Esme to the family room to say goodbye.
Amy says: “She stayed with us for 12 hours after life support was turned off. I was holding her when she took her last breath.
“I tried not to cry because I wanted her to be surrounded by happiness, love and strength.
“I wanted her to remember she had a strong mum and shouldn’t be scared of where she was going next.
“I called the piece of writing I did with Esme ‘My Bright Shining Star’.
“That night, when Connor and I got home, this shooting star went across the sky and we knew it was her.
“I think she wanted us to know she was happy and loved and it made us understand we had done the right thing. It was beautiful.”
Esme was buried two weeks later in Charlotte’s christening outfit, as Amy wanted her to have something of her sister’s.
Now the parents have set up Campbellinas — their nickname for the twins — raising more than £10,000 for the hospital.
Amy, who also blogs to help families cope with the loss of a child, says: “Charlotte was my warrior.
“She went from strength to strength and got me through my hardest days.”
In October 2016, the twins’ original due date, Charlotte was well enough to come home.
Amy says: “It was bittersweet. Esme was never far from our thoughts.
“The first year was the hardest, going through all Charlotte’s milestones without Esme. But it has got easier.”
Connor adds: “In Charlotte’s room there are two sets of everything. She will grow up knowing she’s a twin.
“When I visit Esme’s grave, sometimes I take Charlotte.”
The couple decided to have another baby as Charlotte turned one.
Amy says: “I was nervous but wanted a sibling for Charlotte. She and her baby brother will always know about Esme.
“In her short life, she showed nothing but courage and taught us what love means in its purest form.
“She’s always looked out for her sister.”