Thursday 27 November 2014

Twin girls are born holding hands

Published 14/05/2014 | 02:30

Sarah Thistlethwaite holds her twin daughters, Jenna and Jillian, after her delivery of the rare monoamniotic twin girls at Akron General Hospital in Ohio.
Sarah Thistlethwaite holds her twin daughters, Jenna and Jillian, after her delivery of the rare monoamniotic twin girls at Akron General Hospital in Ohio.

Twin infants who were born with a rare condition in the US were breathing on their own yesterday, and their mother said she and her husband were able to hold them on American Mother's Day.

Doctors were amazed to see the two girls grasping each other's hands when they lifted them up for their parents to see after delivery.

Mother Sarah Thistlethwaite said babies Jillian and Jenna were removed from ventilators at the weekend after they were able to breathe comfortably.

The identical twin girls shared the same amniotic sac and placenta. Such births are called monoamniotic, or "mono mono," and doctors say they occur in about one of every 10,000 pregnancies.

Ms Thistlethwaite told the Akron Beacon Journal that this was "the best Mother's Day present ever."

Irish Independent

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