From: The New York Post – July 26, 2017
The 3-year-old twin brothers who tragically drowned in their Long Island pool Wednesday were “miracle babies” who came after a long road of troubled pregnancies, a family friend told The Post.
The pool where Anthony and Nicholas Aurilia drownedEdmund J. Coppa
Eboni Huggins, a close friend of Sue Aurilia — mother of dead twins Anthony and Nicholas — said the fact that Aurilia had any children at all is a blessing.
“She has such difficulty with pregnancies, so having three of them was just a super blessing, I cannot even believe this is happening to her,” Huggins said by phone.
“She had a bit of a tough time, some women have tough times, so all three of her children are miracle children.”
Aurilia awoke around 8:30 a.m. and discovered Nicholas floating in the pool at their new four-bedroom home in Melville, where they had just moved from Queens.
The frantic mother desperately tried to resuscitate him while calling 911 for help. She was unable to find Anthony until first responders came. He eventually was found at the bottom of the pool.
Huggins said the twins always followed each other. “What one does, the other does.”
She added the children were “rambunctious” and loved to play with each other and their older brother, Christian.
“Christian was such a good big brother to the two twins … they just love each other and they want to play and they’re kids. This is really sad,” said Huggins, who worked with Aurilia at a Queens Rite Aid for close to 10 years.
Huggins was shocked by the news and felt like she was going to “throw up” when The Post contacted her. She called the horrific deaths a tragedy.
“It’s really a sad thing … I am so flabbergasted, it’s very shocking, they were just really loving. I don’t know what else to say, I’m just blown away.”