Rare Newborn Twins Born Holding Hands

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Sarah and Bill Thistlethwaite of Orrville, Ohio, have a son, Jaxon, whose first birthday was Jan. 27. That’s the day they also found out she was carrying twins.

“All I could do was laugh,” said Bill, 35.

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They rushed to prepare their home for the twins, and Sarah was soon on bed rest.

A middle school math teacher, she went into the hospital on March 14.

“It’s hard, it really is,” she said of extended bed rest. “It was very mentally challenging knowing I have to sit here all day.”

Besides television, books, and “trashy gossip magazines,” she viewed YouTube to learn how to crochet baby hats.

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The girls were born at 33 weeks and two days. Mancuso said there were only minor issues during the pregnancy. Sometimes the girls would kick the monitors off.

“I don’t know what they’re doing to each other,” Sarah said jokingly of her “sweet girls.”

Mum Sarah Thistlethwaite knew her babies were special from the moment she found out she was carrying “ᴍᴏɴᴏᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ” twins – that’s both sharing the same ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇɴᴛᴀ and ᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ sᴀᴄ.

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. The identical twin girls shared the same ᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ sᴀᴄ and ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇɴᴛᴀ. Such births are called ᴍᴏɴᴏᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ, or “mono,” and doctors say they occur in about one of every 10,000 pregnancies.

“This is the best Mother’s Day present ever,” said mother Sarah Thistlethwaite, reported the Akron Beacon Journal. They’re already best friends,” said Thistlethwaite, 32. “I can’t believe they were holding hands. That’s amazing.”

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Hospital spokeswoman Amy Kilgore said Sunday they were moved temporarily to Akron Children’s Hospital because they needed breathing assistance. She said they were “doing wonderfully” Sunday morning. Babies Jillian and Jenna were removed from ventilators at the weekend after they were able to breathe comfortably.

Doctors say ᴍᴏɴᴏᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ twins occur in about one of every 10,000 pregnancies. Dr. Melissa Mancuso helped deliver the twins, one of several ᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ pairs she has helped deliver in 11 years. She said the twins are at ʀɪsᴋ during pregnancy of ᴇɴᴛᴀɴɢʟᴇᴍᴇɴᴛ ᴏꜰ ᴜᴍʙɪʟɪᴄᴀʟ ᴄᴏʀᴅs, which can cause ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ. Another woman at Akron General is expected to give birth later this week to ᴍᴏɴᴏᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ twins.