Rare 'mono mono' twins could be home within weeks

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 2, 2014 at 7:25 am •  Published: June 2, 2014
Advertisement
;

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Ohio couple whose twins were photographed holding hands moments after they were born is getting a taste of what it's like to be celebrity parents.

The identical twins, born sharing the same amniotic sac and placenta, are making progress toward going home from the hospital, their parents say. A photo showing twins Jenna and Jillian holding hands taken shortly after birth May 9 at Akron General Medical Center went viral.

"It's still been crazy," father Bill Thistlethwaite said. "Everywhere we go, someone saw it. People are still talking about it."

He said he and his wife, Sarah, were approached by people Saturday while having breakfast at a diner in their hometown of Orrville before going to visit the girls. They want to know how the twins are doing and express their good wishes, he said.

Both girls are taking full bottles and have gained weight, each now at 5 pounds or more.

Their rare birth condition is called monoamniotic, or "mono mono," and doctors say they occur in about one of every 10,000 pregnancies. A second pair born at Akron General the following week also are doing well, hospital spokeswoman Amy Kilgore said.

Continue reading this story on the...