A MUM who suffered the heartbreak of losing her baby daughter to meningitis learned that she will give birth to baby twin girls.

Faye Murray lost 17-month-old daughter Shakira Louise suddenly during the night on a family holiday in Wales in April 2016.

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Shakira Louise

Every year Faye, who lives in Windlehurst, marks the anniversary of her passing on April 23.

She has taken on walks around Victoria Park with son Kai, eight, around Victoria Park this month leading up to the anniversary.

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Faye and Kai

And on the anniversary she held a special gender reveal surrounded by family and friends to see what gifts her "angel" Shakira has sent her.

During a balloon release at Clinkham Wood field, two confetti cannons were set off to to reveal that Faye, also mum to Shae, two, will be giving birth to two baby girls.

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A pregnancy scan showing Faye's twins

Faye, 26, will name her daughters, due at the end of July, Amaya-Grace and Aliyah-Rose.

The second part of Amaya's name is in honour of Violet-Grace Youens after all the support her mum Becky has given to Faye.

Meanwhile, the second part of Aliya's name is in honour of Layla-Rose Ermenekli, from Oldham, who died in February 2017 after contracting meningitis. Faye has joined Layla's family in a campaign to make MenB vaccines compulsory.

An emotional Faye said: "It is a weird feeling, it is bittersweet. My girls sent from my angel girl, Amaya-Grace and Aliyah-Rose."