RARE BIRTH: Twin Sisters Born Holding Hands

The birth of Ohio twins is gaining international attention.

Jenna and Jillian were born Friday to Sarah and Bill Thistlethwaite, of Orville, at Akron General Medical Center. They are considered ‘mono mono’ twins — where the babies shared an amniotic sack.

Their birth was rare enough in itself; mono mono twins happen in about 1 in 10,000 twin pregnancies. Because of complications, some never survive to birth.

But on top of that, seconds after nurses held the babies up to show their parents, the two newborns quickly clasped hands.

“They were born 45 seconds apart,” Amy Kilgore, a hospital spokesperson who was there for the birth, told WJW. “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.”

Jenna and Jillian, who weigh about four pounds each, are breathing by themselves after being removed from ventilators.

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