A new mom gives birth on Mother's Day to a set of rare twins holding hands

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Monday, May 12, 2014 - 10:27am

It's the ultimate gift on Mother's Day, a new baby! Well how about two? A new Ohio mom delivered a set of rare twins on Mother's Day and Bob Jones reports there was something else quite unusual about this birth.

When Sarah Thistlewaite, and her husband, Bill, went to their third ultra sound to learn the sex of their baby, they received a double dose of surprising news, "The ultrasound tech said, 'Oh, there's two.' And, my husband said, 'Two what?'"

The couple was also told they were having mono mono twins, meaning the babies shared the same amniotic sac and placenta. The odds of this type of pregnancy, one in 10,000 births.

Dr. Justin Lavin, Akron General Medical Center, "I've been practicing high-risk obstetrics for about 35 years and I've seen less than 10 cases."

Sarah was considered high risk, due to concerns over cord entanglement or compression. She spent 56 days in a hospital room, but on day 57, she allowed us in the delivery for that unbelievable moment.

And what do you know? When sisters, Jillian and Jenna, were born at 2:41 p.m., they came out holding hands, Sarah Thistlethwaite, "It was just so awesome and they were both holding hands and it was so great to hear them cry. It was just a miracle."

"She weighs 3 pounds, 3 ounces."

Doctors say both babies are doing great, Jillian quickly breathing on her own, Jenna getting a little oxygen.

For the dad admiring his two new daughters, it's hard to find the words, Bill, "What was going through my mind, I don't know. I couldn't think. I started tearing up immediately. It was beautiful."

The couple already has a 15 month-old son, who will soon get to know his identical twin sisters.

For Sarah, Mother's Day just couldn't get any better, "Best Mother's Day present ever. Mother's day is definitely going to be different. It's definitely truly a miracle."


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