One week after welcoming a set of “mono mono” twins that were born holding hands, an Ohio hospital has delivered a second pair of the rare babies.
Amanda Arnold, 24, gave birth to identical twin daughters Thursday at Akron General Hospital in Akron, Ohio. The girls were monoamniotic or “mono mono,” which means they shared an amniotic sac and placenta in the womb. Experts say the rare condition affects roughly one in 10,000 pregnancies.
“I just got a glance. They were so little,” said Amanda.
Doctors say the twins are doing great, and so is dad, James McCail, Amanda’s boyfriend.
“It feels great. I’m so happy right now. I just want to see my babies for the first time up close a little bit,” said James.
“Strange occurrences occur in strange manners so it’s one of those frequency things. It just kind of happens and you just have to kind of roll with it a little bit,” said Dr. John Stewart Jr.
The twins will be moved to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Akron Children’s Hospital. The parents are excited for the next chapter in their lives, times two.
“I’m pretty sure it’s gonna change a lot after tonight. I’m definitely sure of that,” said Amanda.
The couple also has a 5-year-old son, so the girls have a big brother to look after them. The twins are expected to be in the hospital for about a month.