The Perfect Miracle: Twins Born the Best of Friends on Mother's Day
Every mother's dream is to have happy and healthy children who are the best of friends for a lifetime. This Mother's Day, one Ohio mom's dream came true when she gave birth to a healthy pair of baby girls. According to a CTV report, Sarah Thistlethwaite said babies Jillian and Jenna were removed from ventilators Sunday after they were able to breathe comfortably. Thistlethwaite is a teacher from Orrville, Ohio, who was told during her third ultrasound that she carried not one, but two little ones inside of her. Furthermore, these children were a rare phenomenon that occurred in 1 out of every 30-60,000 pregnancies. They shared a placenta and amniotic sac. Even more astonishing was how those children were born. Looking at the first pictures taken at birth, the doctors at the scene were brought to tears upon seeing the twin girls holding hands as they came out of the womb. Thistlethwaite told the Akron Beacon Journal that this was "the best Mother's Day present ever."
Mono Mono or MoMo Twins
According to the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Monoamniotic twin births are rare events and occur in approximately 1% of all monozygotic twin gestations. This means that the twins share both a placenta and an amniotic sac. As such, they are always identical. The mortality rates, however, are quite high, having dropped over the past years from nearly 70% to around 10%. Though common causes of death could include low birth weight or preterm delivery, the most important one is entanglement and knotting of the umbilical cords, a specific complication in monoamniotic twins. The latter complication leads to about 50% of the deaths of these children.
The fact that the Ohio twins were born healthy is a miracle unto itself. According to the aforementioned study from 2009, the perinatal mortality rate at about 20 weeks of gestation to about 28 days of life was 19%. Once fetuses with lethal anomalies were excluded from the count, the rate dropped to 17%. After 32 weeks of gestation, only two pregnancies out of the 98 monitored were complicated by perinatal mortality (4%). Twin–twin transfusion syndrome had a 6% incidence rate, while congenital heart anomalies and cerebral injury were at 4% and 5%, respectively. Too many problems could have occurred. None of them seem to have taken place. That would count Sarah Thistlethwaite among the luckiest of birth mothers to have borne monoamniotic twins!
The video below presents a newscast wherein every aspect of the pregnancy and birth have been documented.