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Twins born holding hands after surviving rare birth condition

“There wasn’t a dry eye in the whole OR,” their mother told reporters.

twins Source: Akron Children's Hospital via Facebook

TWO TWIN BABY girls with a rare birth condition were born in Ohio last week – and emerged from their mother’s womb holding hands.

Newborns Jillian and Jenna Thistlethwaite were ‘mono mono’ twins, meaning they shared the same amniotic sac and placenta in the womb.


Doctors say the condition occurs in about one of every 10,000 pregnancies. It is risky as their umbilical cords can become tangled during pregnancy, which is potentially fatal.

The babies were born by Caesarean section on Friday in Akron, Ohio, grasping each others’ hands as doctors lifted them up for their parents to see after delivery.

The twins, holding hands after birth Source: Akron General Hospital via ABC News screengrab

Thistlethwaite, 32, told ABC News: “I didn’t think they would come out and instantly holding hands. It was overwhelming. I can’t even put into words.”

She added:

There wasn’t a dry eye in the whole OR.

Jenna was born first at 4 pounds, 2 ounces and 17 inches, with Jillian following 48 seconds later at 3 pounds, 13 ounces and 17.5 inches.

Source: AP

- Additional reporting AP

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