Photo Akron General Medical Center
A US woman has described as 'the best Mother's Day
present ever' the arrival of twin girls who were born holding
Jillian and Jenna Thistlethwaite were breathing on their own
after being removed from a ventilator, their mother, Sarah
The girls shared an amniotic sac and placenta, a rare
condition known as monoamniotic birth, BBC reports.
They were born in Ohio at the weekend, grasping each other's
hands when doctors lifted them up for their parents to see
"They're already best friends," said their mother,
Ms Thistlethwaite, 32, was monitored for weeks at Akron
General Medical Center in Akron, as monoamniotic twins are at
risk from becoming entangled in each other's umbilical cords.
She told the Akron Beacon Journal newspaper that holding her
children was "the best Mother's Day present ever".
"I can't believe they were holding hands," she said. "That's
Monoamniotic birth occurs in only one in 10,000 pregnancies.