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Ivy Jacobson
Associate Editor, The Knot

Twin Babies With Rare Condition Born Holding Hands! Their Incredible Story

PUBLISHED ON 05/12/2014

Note: The aww factor on the following story is extremely and unusually high, so get ready to read what will make your Monday after Mother's Day sparkle and shine.

Having a sister is a special thing in the first place, but what if holding hands with her is the first thing you ever do in life? That's what happened to Jillian and Jenna, twin girls  who were born over the weekend to Sarah and Bill Thistlethwaite at Akron, Ohio's General Medical Center. They shared the same amniotic sac and placenta during pregnancy, a rarity called  monoamniotic (or " mono mono" for short) that occurs in 1 in 10,000 pregnancies.

Right after the girls were born some-40 seconds apart, the doctors held them together and they immediately grabbed each other's hand, making for one spectacular, beautiful and girl-powered entrance into the world.

Sarah had to be placed on nearly two months of bed rest, since the twins got tangled in each other's umbilical cords from time to time. Looks like they were used to being close to each other and wanted to declare their friendship to everyone, of course making the room tear up.

"I didn’t think they would come out and instantly hold hands. It was overwhelming. I can’t even put it into words," Sarah told a local news station."There wasn’t a dry eye in the whole OR."

Jillian and Jenna were put on ventilators after birth, since they had trouble breathing on their own, but on Sunday they were doing just fine, prompting Sarah to call it the "best Mother's Day ever." Jenna is the older sister, weighing in at 4 pounds and 2 ounces, with Jillian following at 3 pounds and 13 ounces.

Excuse us, we may need another tissue now. Do you love this story as much as we do?

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