“Best Mother’s Day Present:” Rare Mono Mono Twins Born Holding Hands

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 12, 2014   |   10:21AM   |   Washington, DC

Just in time for Mother’s Day, one Mom delivers rare set of mono mono identical twin girls in Akron, Ohio. The babies were breathing on their own and their mom said she and her husband were able to hold them on Mother’s Day.

twins19Sarah Thistlewaite’s identical twin daughters, Jenna and Jillian, shared an amniotic sack and placenta in their mother’s womb.

They’re called “mono mono” twins, a rare condition that occurs in around 1 in 10,000 twin pregnancies.

“I didn’t think they would come out and instantly holding hands. It was overwhelming. I can’t even put into words,” Thistlewaite told ABC News. “There wasn’t a dry eye in the whole OR.”

More from the report:

twins20Sarah Thistlethwaite said babies Jillian and Jenna were removed from ventilators Sunday afternoon after they were able to breathe comfortably. She told The Associated Press that she and her husband Bill both held them for a while on Mother’s Day.

“It’s just hard to put into words how amazing it feels to know the girls are OK,” she said. “It’s great to know that they’re doing so well, and being able to hold them.”

The identical twin girls shared the same amniotic sac and placenta. Such births are called monoamniotic, or “mono mono,” and doctors say they occur in about one of every 10,000 pregnancies.



twins21They were born Friday at Akron General Medical Center, grasping each other’s hands when doctors lifted them up for their parents to see after delivery.

Thistlethwaite told the Akron Beacon Journal (HTTP://BIT.LY/1HG517D ) that was “the best Mother’s Day present ever.”

“They’re already best friends,” said Thistlethwaite, 32. “I can’t believe they were holding hands. That’s amazing.”