Mono Mono Twins May Be Able To Come Home SoonBy: Lindsay McCane - June 2, 2014
Last month, a set of rare mono mono twins were born at the Akron General Medical Center in Ohio.
Mono mono twins are rare because they share the same amniotic sac and placenta, and only occur in approximately 1 in 10,000 pregnancies.
What made this set of twins extra special was that they were born holding hands. A photo showing Jenna’s and Jillian’s first moments of life went viral and now their parents are getting a taste of being celebrities.
“It’s still been crazy,” Bill Thistlethwaite, the girl’s father, said. “Everywhere we go, someone saw it. People are still talking about it.”
Mono Mono twins are especially high risk because of the possibility of cord entanglement. However, the girls remained under routine observation and were delivered at 33 weeks 2 days without incident.
“Sarah was given the option to deliver between 32 and 34 weeks gestation,” the doctors explained on the Akron Children’s blog. “This type of twin is at high risk for stillbirth because of cord entanglement. We were just having a discussion about how difficult a decision it is to make, weighing the risk of prematurity vs. the risks of entanglement. She was excited about having her C-section on May 9 because she would be a ‘real mother’ on Mothers’ Day.”