ORRVILLE, Ohio — Their births left even doctors speechless. Now, two years later, rare twin girls from Northeast Ohio are closer than ever.
Jenna and Jillian Thistlewaite, were monoamniotic or “mono mono,” meaning theyshared an amniotic sac. This happens in about one in 10,000 twin pregnancies. Because of complications, some never survive to birth.
Their mom, Sarah, delivered the girls at Akron General Hospital at 33 weeks. Seconds after nurses held the babies up to show their parents, the two newborns quickly clasped hands.
“They were born 45 seconds apart,” said Amy Kilgore, a hospital spokesperson who was there for the birth. “Once they made sure they were OK, they held them up so mom and dad could see. As soon as they were side by side, they held hands. It gave me chills.”
At one year, the twins still wanted to be near each other, especially during meals. It’s because of that closeness, that their father, Bill, told Fox 8’s Dave Nethers he had to put the girls in different colored socks to tell them apart.
Now as two-year-olds, not much has changed. The Thistlewaites say the girls have a “built-in best friend” in each other.
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