Three years after David, 45, died from throat cancer, his wife Lucy Kelsall, 27, has welcomed their twins.
She was able to bring his children into the world thanks to IVF, using sperm David had frozen before he passed away.
The new mum, from Bristol, married David in 2012 and made a promise to him before he passed away in 2017 that he would be a father no matter what
Despite being told by doctors that her chances of getting pregnant were slim, due to her cycle beginning before the embryo had been transferred, Lucy gave birth to two health boys, named David and Samuel, after her second round of IVF.
‘He would have been an amazing father,’ Lucy said. ‘It was so emotional at the birth and I still can’t get my head around the fact that I have a bit of David with me forever. ‘One of them has David’s long legs and big feet – he had size 15 feet – and one has his green eyes.
‘The doctors said my womb wasn’t the right environment and the IVF wouldn’t work due to my womb being inhabitable I insisted they gave it a chance.
‘When I found out there were two heartbeats the doctors were amazed.’
David was diagnosed with throat cancer after developing a cough that wouldn’t budge. He eventually lost the ability to speak
Just two years after they tied the knot, the couple received the devastating news that David, a mental health worker, had a secondary tumour in his throat.
Over the next three years he underwent 99 rounds of radiotherapy, had his voice box and part of his neck removed, and used an electronic device to communicate.
The couple, who had dreamed of starting a family since they married, had started trying for a baby before David became too ill in 2014 and eventually made the decision to freeze his sperm before treatment made him infertile.