Hearts melt at images of rare twins who hold hands just seconds after being born
After two months of bed rest, Ohio mom Sarah Thistlewhistle got a special early Mother’s Day gift when her rare identical ‘mono mono’ twins were born healthy on Friday.
The twins had the rare condition of being monoamniotic, or ‘mono mono’ identical twins, which means the foetuses share an amniotic sac and remain in near-constant contact for the duration of the pregnancy.
The mono mono condition occurs in about 0.3% of births.
Sarah, was on bed rest at Ohio’s Akron General Medical Center for nearly two months, where doctors could monitor the babies’ health, as the siblings can often become entangled in each other’s umbilical cords.
The twin girls, named Jenna and Jillian were born healthy at 33 weeks through a caesarean section. Doctors held them above a sheet so that the Sarah and husband could see that their newborns were holding hands.
Speaking to ABC news Sarah said
“I didn’t think they would come out and instantly holding hands. It was overwhelming. I can’t even put into words. There wasn’t a dry eye in the whole OR.”