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AKRON, Ohio (WEWS) - An Ohio mother delivered a set of rare twins on Mother's Day. When Sarah and Bill Thistlethwaite went to their third ultrasound, they received a double dose of surprising news.

"The ultrasound tech said, 'Oh, there's two.' And, my husband said, 'Two what? (laughs),'" Sarah Thistlethwaite said.

The couple learned they were having mono mono twins. That meant the babies shared the same amniotic sac and placenta. A rare situation that occurs one in every 10,000 births.

"I've been practicing high-risk obstetrics for about 35 years and I've seen less than 10 cases," Akron General Medical Center Dr. Justin Lavin said.

After 56 days in the hospital with what doctors considered a high risk pregnancy, the couple and their doctors experienced an unbelievable moment when the babies were born.

Sisters Jillian and Jenna came out holding hands.

Twins Holding Hands

"It was just so awesome and they were both holding hands and it was so great to hear them cry," mother Sarah Thistlethwaite said. "It was just a miracle."

The babies are doing great, doctors said. As for their father, he may need some help.

"What was going through my mind, I don't know. I couldn't think," father Bill Thistlethwaite said. "I started tearing up immediately. It was beautiful."


  • Patrice

    wow indeed a miracle. God performed that just to let the parents know that their children will a light to the world and will change many hearts to Him. This was Gods signature on that day.

  • Besttwins

    They need to do more research. Momo twins have the one outer membrane and one sac. Many will have one outer membrane and two sacs.

  • Besttwins

    It has to do with when the egg splits. If it splits early you can have two sacs and two placentas. Later one placentas and two sacs later one placenta and one sac. Most of those are also mirror image twins. Momo twins have one outer membrane and one amniotic sac. It is very rare. While many share to outer membrane they have their own sac. If the fertilized egg splits even later you end up with conjoined twins. There other things that can happen when it split late, such as parasitic twin or part of a twin growing within the other one, then not completely developing.

  • Pete

    New born infants grasp anything that there palm comes in contact with. Thus it is not done with any cognizant motivation but by reflexive behavior and not extraordinary. That it happened with hands grasping, not holding is totally coincidental. So call it cute but not miraculous.

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