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Rare 'mono mono' newborn twins doing well in Ohio

AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Twin girls born with a rare condition in Ohio were breathing on their own and their mom said she and her husband were able to hold them on Mother's Day.

Sarah Thistlethwaite said babies Jillian and Jenna were removed from ventilators Sunday afternoon after they were able to breathe comfortably. She told The Associated Press that she and her husband Bill both held them for a while on Mother's Day.

"It's just hard to put into words how amazing it feels to know the girls are OK," she said. "It's great to know that they're doing so well, and being able to hold them."

The identical twin girls shared the same amniotic sac and placenta. Such births are called monoamniotic, or "mono mono," and doctors say they occur in about one of every 10,000 pregnancies.

They were born Friday at Akron General Medical Center, grasping each other's hands when doctors lifted them up for their parents to see after delivery.

Thistlethwaite told the Akron Beacon Journal that was "the best Mother's Day present ever."

"They're already best friends," said Thistlethwaite, 32. "I can't believe they were holding hands. That's amazing."

Jenna was born first at 4 pounds, 2 ounces and 17 inches, with Jillian following 48 seconds later at 3 pounds, 13 ounces and 17.5 inches.

They were moved temporarily to Akron Children's Hospital because they needed breathing assistance. Thistlethwaite expects to be released from Akron General on Tuesday, while the girls will remain in the hospital two to four weeks.

Dr. Melissa Mancuso helped deliver the twins, one of several amniotic pairs she has helped deliver in 11 years. She said the twins are at risk during pregnancy of entanglement of umbilical cords, which can cause death. Another woman at Akron General is expected to give birth later this week to monoamniotic twins.

Sarah and Bill Thistlethwaite, of Orrville, Ohio, have a son, Jaxon, whose first birthday was Jan. 27. That's the day they also found out she was carrying twins.

"All I could do was laugh," said Bill, 35.

They rushed to prepare their home for the twins, and Sarah was soon on bed rest.

A middle school math teacher, she went into the hospital on March 14.

"It's hard, it really is," she said of extended bed rest. "It was very mentally challenging knowing I have to sit here all day."

Besides television, books and "trashy gossip magazines," she viewed YouTube to learn how to crochet baby hats.

The girls were born at 33 weeks and two days. Mancuso said there were only minor issues during the pregnancy.

Sometimes the girls would kick the monitors off.

"I don't know what they're doing to each other," Sarah said jokingly of her "sweet girls."



Mom Gives Birth To Rare 'Mono Mono' Identical Twins

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bigred8690 May 12 2014 at 2:09 PM

Born in the era of Obama, their future is bleak unless we elect someone in 2016 like Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, or Chris Christie.

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Doug MacKinnon May 12 2014 at 3:44 PM

I dread to think that some day these beautiful gals will be some poor guy's Mother-in-Law!

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walt.hafer Doug MacKinnon May 12 2014 at 5:50 PM

You Sir get a thumbs up for that bit of truth.

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schessin Doug MacKinnon May 12 2014 at 6:20 PM

so just stop thinking

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pisunnyb May 12 2014 at 3:52 PM

Odd, one place they say this happens one in 10,000 ~ ~ ~ a few lines later they state there was a set born not long ago, THEN they stated that there was another woman in the hospital getting ready to give birth to another set. Hmmmmm ~ ~ What happened to the "1 in 10,000"???

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walt.hafer pisunnyb May 12 2014 at 5:49 PM

In the USA, 11,637 births every day
In the World 363,554 every day

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jmfjfe walt.hafer May 12 2014 at 10:22 PM

Wow, that's a lot of diapers... figure 6-8 /day per babie, x 363,554.

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jvt1984 pisunnyb May 12 2014 at 9:00 PM

Wonder what is in the drinking water there.

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pschnatz33 May 12 2014 at 4:32 PM

The doctor that delivered them were on the today and corrected the story. Their hands grasp each other after they were born, they were not delivered that way and it was a C section.

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matthewjames40.matthew May 12 2014 at 4:43 PM

That's beautifull! Think of all the aborted babies who will never get the chance.

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wolvespoint May 12 2014 at 4:51 PM

beautiful GOD bless bet they will be close forever!

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OJAISPIRIT May 12 2014 at 4:53 PM

Much love and good luck to the beautiful twins and their family!

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Barbara May 12 2014 at 5:01 PM

What a blessing ! This is a mothers day to really remember. God bless the little angels and thier big brother & mom & dad.

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Mike May 12 2014 at 5:03 PM

Somehow I feel this is the beginning of Armageddon.

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The Canoli King May 12 2014 at 5:32 PM

Hand 2 Hand Twins....extraordinary,albeit a beautiful thing.

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