'Mono Mono' Twins Born Holding Hands Were 'Best' Mother's Day Gift

Monday, 12 May 2014 12:47 PM

By Michael Mullins

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A rare set of "mono mono" twins were born holding each other's hands on Friday in Ohio's Akron General Medical Center.

The identical twin girls, named Jillian and Jenna, were monoamniotic — or "mono mono" — meaning they shared the same amniotic sac and placenta, The Associated Press reported. The rare birth is said to occur in just one in every 10,000 pregnancies.

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By Sunday afternoon, the babies were able to breathe on their own and were removed from their ventilators. They were soon after placed in the arms of their mother, Sarah Thistlethwaite, for an amazing Mother's Day gift.

"It's just hard to put into words how amazing it feels to know the girls are OK," the "mono mono" twins' mother told the AP. "It's great to know that they're doing so well, and being able to hold them."

It was "the best Mother's Day present ever," Thistlethwaite, a middle school math teacher, told the Akron Beacon Journal.

"They're already best friends," the 32-year-old mother added. "I can't believe they were holding hands. That's amazing."

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, the AP noted.

"All I could do was laugh," Bill Thistlethwaite told the AP, referring to when he learned his wife was having twins. The couple already has a son together named Jason.

While the twin girls will likely stay in the hospital for at least three to four weeks before they can be brought home, Sarah Thistlethwaite is expected to be discharged on Tuesday.

As rare as "mono mono" twins are, the Thistlethwaite's physician, Dr. Melissa Mancuso, told the AP that there is one other woman at Akron General who is expected to give birth later this week to monoamniotic twins.

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