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'Mono Mono' Twins Born Holding Hands are Nearly Ready to Go Home

By    |   Monday, 02 June 2014 01:48 PM

The "mono mono" twins that made headlines last month could be brought home by their parents within a matter of weeks.

The "mono mono" twins, Jillian and Jenna, were born in early May while holding hands at Ohio's Akron General Medical Center. While in the womb, the two reportedly shared the same amniotic sac and placenta. The rare birth condition is called monoamniotic, or "mono mono," and doctors say it only occurs in about one of every 10,000 pregnancies, The Associated Press reported.

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"It's still been crazy," dad Bill Thistlethwaite told the AP. "Everywhere we go, someone saw it. People are still talking about it."

Whereas Jenna was initially born at 4 pounds, 2 ounces, and Jillian was born 48 seconds later at 3 pounds, 13 ounces, the twin girls are said to now weigh about 5 pounds each after having taken to bottle feeding.

"They're already best friends," the 32-year-old mother, Sarah Thistlethwaite, a middle school math teacher, told the Akron Beacon Journal. "I can't believe they were holding hands. That's amazing."

The couple already has a 16-month-old son named Jason, who, according to the father, recently visited the girls at the hospital, giving both kisses on the cheeks.

Bill Thistlethwaite told the AP that he is already daydreaming about one day showing the famous picture, featured below, of the twins being delivered with their hand locked.

"I already feel like they're going to be best friends," he said. "They'll probably look at it and say, 'That makes sense because that's how we are.'"

According to Akron General Medical Center spokeswoman Amy Kilgore, one week after Jillian and Jenna Thistlethwaite were born, a second pair of mono mono twins was also born at the same hospital. They, too, are said to be doing well.

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