Rare Ohio 'mono mono' twins home for Father's Day

by Amanda Lee Myers
In this May 9, 2014 photo, Sarah Thistlethwaite holds her twin daughters, Jenna and Jillian, after her delivery of the monoamniotic twin girls at Akron General Hospital in Akron, Ohio. The rare twins, who gained international attention after they were photographed holding hands moments after their birth last month, are home in time for Father's Day. (AP Photo/Akron Beacon Journal, Ed Suba Jr.File)

A set of rare "mono mono" twins born holding hands are home in time for Father's Day.

Jenna and Jillian Thistlethwaite were born May 9 sharing an amniotic sac and placenta at Akron General Medical Center in northwest Ohio.

Hospital spokeswoman Amy Kilgore says the went home to Orrville in northeast Ohio on Saturday. They spent nearly a month in the unit.

They join their parents and big brother, 15-month-old Jaxon.

Their mother, Sarah Thistlethwaite, told The Associated Press on Sunday that the family is excited to be living under one roof after splitting time between home and the hospital for so long.

The twins' rare birth condition is called monoamnioitic, or "mono mono." Doctors say they occur in about one of every 10,000 pregnancies.

2 /5 (2 votes)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Twins talk half as much at two

Jun 04, 2014

(Medical Xpress)—A world first study of language development in toddler twins confirms the widely held belief that twins start to talk later than single-born children.

Rare Australian conjoined twins die

May 27, 2014

Australian conjoined twins Hope and Faith, who shared a body and skull but had separate brains and identical faces, have died almost three weeks after they were born in Sydney, medical officials said Tuesday.

College students bringing home mononucleosis

Dec 06, 2013

One of the hallmarks of heading home for winter break is the enormous amount of laundry college students bring home as a present for mom and dad. But the dirty socks might not be the only unwelcome guest they transport home. ...

Recommended for you

New medical device to make the mines safer

Nov 21, 2014

Dehydration can be a serious health issue for Australia's mining industry, but a new product to be developed with input from Flinders University's Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) is set to more effectively ...

US family gets $6.75 million in Botox case

Nov 20, 2014

A New York couple who said Botox treatment of their son's cerebral palsy left him with life-threatening complications and sued its manufacturer won a $6.75 million verdict from a federal jury on Thursday.

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.