OH mom gives birth to twins holding hands on Mother's Day

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Monday, May 12, 2014 - 12:47pm

Its the ultimate gift on mother's day: a new baby!

Well how about two?

A new Ohio mom delivered a set of rare twins on mother's day.

When Sarah Thistlethwaite, and her husband, bill, went to their third ultra sound to learn the sex of their baby, they received a double dose of surprising news.

"The ultrasound tech said, 'Oh, there's two.' And, my husband said, 'Two what,'" Sarah said.

The couple was also told they were having mono mono twins, meaning the babies shared the same amniotic sac and placenta.

The odds of this type of pregnancy: one in 10-thousand births.

"I've been practicing high-risk obstetrics for about 35 years and I've seen less than 10 cases," said Dr. Justin Lavin, of the Akron General Medical Center.

Sarah was considered high risk, due to concerns over cord entanglement or compression.

She spent 56 days in a hospital room.

But on day 57, she allowed us in the delivery for that unbelievable moment.

And what do you know?

When sisters, Jillian and Jenna, were born at 2:41 p.m., they came out holding hands.

"It was just so awesome and they were both holding hands and it was so great to hear them cry. It was just a miracle," said Father Bill Thistlethwaite.

Doctors say both babies are doing great Jillian quickly breathing on her own, Jenna is getting a little help from an oxygen tank.

For the dad admiring his two new daughters, it's hard to find the words.

"What was going through my mind, I don't know. I couldn't think. I started tearing up immediately. It was beautiful," Bill explained.

The couple already has a 15-month old son, who will soon get to know his identical twin sisters.

For Sarah, mother's day just couldn't get any better: "Best Mother's Day present ever. Mother's day is definitely going to be different. It's definitely truly a miracle," she said.

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