An Ohio couple has plenty to celebrate this weekend after welcoming a brand new pair of twins into the world that were born in extremely rare circumstances.
Mom Sarah Thistlewaite carried what are called monoamniotic or "mono mono" twins -- a pregnancy in which the twins share the same placenta and amniotic sac. Researchers say "mono mono" births happen once in every 10,000 births. Dr. Justin Lavin, of Akron General Medical Center where the twins were born, told CNN affiliate WCPO that he's seen less than 10 cases in his 35 years of practice.
Thistlewaite, an eighth-grade teacher, was thrilled to hear the news when she and her husband Bill found out in the couple's 19th week of pregnancy. However, it meant that she would have to spend more time in the hospital than the usual birth would require, as "mono mono" twins can suffer from umbilical cords becoming entangled or compressed during the pregnancy.
After 58 days spent in the hospital under close supervision, Thistlewaite gave birth at 2:41 p.m. by Caesarean section. Each of the newborns weighed under five pounds. The couple named the new girls Jenna and Jillian. They also have a 15-month-old son, Jaxon.
Perhaps even more amazing is the fact that Thistlewaite was not the only mom at Akron General with a "mono mono" pregnancy on her hands. WCPO reports Amanda Arnold, 24, of Akron, is due to deliver her own twin girls next week. Something must be in the water in Ohio!
When I read this story, all I could say is "I KNOWED THERE WAS A GOD"!!! ( in my COLOR PURPLE tone...lol) Wow... our GOD is amazing. HE never stops showing just how awesome HE is!!!
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!!