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Rare monoamniotic twins reported doing well in Ohio, held hands for Mom to see

Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Sunday, May 11, 2014 12:30 PM EDT

Newborn twins with a rare condition are reportedly doing well in a northeast Ohio hospital.

The identical twin girls share the same amniotic sac and placenta. That's called monoamniotic, or "mono (MAH'-noh) mono."

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

Hospital spokeswoman Amy Kilgore says they have been moved temporarily to Akron Children's Hospital because they need breathing assistance. She says they were doing "wonderfully" Sunday morning.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports ( ) that mother Sarah Thistlethwaite calls it the best Mother's Day present ever. The girls are named Jenna and Jillian.

Doctors say monoamniotic twins occur in about one of every 10,000 pregnancies. The hospital expects to deliver another pair later this week.


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