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.”
Jenna was born first and weighed 4 pounds, 2 ounces and was 17 inches long. Not long after, around 48 seconds to be exact, baby Jillian made her grand entrance to the world. She weighed 3 pounds, 13 ounces and was 17.5 inches long.
Now, nearly a month later, the girls are doing fine and are starting to gain weight. Although they required breathing assistance shortly after birth, they are now breathing on their own, drinking full bottles and they each weigh five pounds or more.
Doctors say if they keep up the weight gain, the girls could potentially get to go home within a couple of weeks. The girl’s parents say they can’t wait to show them the picture of them holding hands, and they already feel that they will be best friends.
“I already feel like they’re going to be best friends,” Thistlethwaite said. “They’ll probably look at it and say, ‘That makes sense because that’s how we are.'”
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