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Rare "Mono Mono" twins hold hands after birth

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 00:44

May 12 - Twins with a rare condition are able to breathe on their own, just in time for Mother's Day. Jennifer Davis reports.

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It was an extra-special Mother's Day for one Ohio woman Sarah Thistlethwaite (thistle-thweet). She gave birth to identical twin girls with a rare condition that resulted in them sharing an amniotic sac and placenta. A photo of the girls holding hands just after birth has gone viral on the internet. Jenna and Jillian were born Friday at Akron Children's Hospital and have defied the risks associated with their condition. Hospital officials say delivering monoamniotic or "mono mono" twins is dangerous because the babies' umbilical cords can become entangled or compressed leading to one fetus' cord wrapping around the other one's neck. The girls should be able to head home within the next month - to join their big brother who is 15 months old.

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Rare "Mono Mono" twins hold hands after birth

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 00:44