AKRON, Ohio - - Identical twin girls born in Ohio gave their mother a very special memory for Mother's Day.
Baby Jillian and Jenna were born Friday at at Akron General Medical Center, grasping each other's hands when doctors lifted them up for their parents to see after delivery.
Their mother told the Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1hG517d) that was "the best Mother's Day present ever."
"They're already best friends," said Sarah Thistlethwaite, 32. "I can't believe they were holding hands. That's amazing."
The identical twin girls shared the same amniotic sac and placenta. Such births are called monoamniotic-monochorionic, or "mono-mono," and doctors say they occur in about one of every 10,000 pregnancies.
Dr. Melissa Mancuso helped deliver the twins, one of several mono/mono pairs she has helped deliver in 11 years. She said the twins are at risk during pregnancy of entanglement of umbilical cords, which can cause death.
The Thistlethwaite girls were born at 33 weeks and two days. Mancuso said there were only minor issues during the pregnancy.
Sometimes the girls would kick the monitors off.
"I don't know what they're doing to each other," their mother said said jokingly of her "sweet girls."
Jenna was born first at 4 pounds, 2 ounces and 17 inches, with Jillian following 48 seconds later at 3 pounds, 13 ounces and 17.5 inches.
They were moved temporarily to Akron Children's Hospital because they needed breathing assistance, but were removed from ventilators Sunday afternoon. Thistlethwaite and her husband Bill both held them for a while on Mother's Day.
"It's just hard to put into words how amazing it feels to know the girls are OK," she said. "It's great to know that they're doing so well, and being able to hold them."
She expects to be released from Akron General on Tuesday, while the girls will remain in the hospital two to four weeks.
The Orrville, Ohio couple also has a son, Jaxon, whose first birthday was Jan. 27. That's the day they also found out they were expecting twins.