2nd Set of Rare ‘Mono Mono’ Twins Born in Akron

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AKRON, Ohio — It’s almost a statistical impossibility; the second set of rare mono mono twins were brought into the world this week in Akron.

Just last week, Orville couple Sarah and Bill Thistlethwaite had twin babies, Jenna and Jillian, at Akron General Medical Center. Seconds after they were born, they clasped hands while being held up to their parents.

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They were also mono mono twins, meaning they shared an amniotic sack. Becoming pregnant with mono mono twins is rare — it happens only in about 1 in 10,000 twin pregnancies. Because of complications, some never survive to birth.

But the Thistlewaites are healthy and born safely.

So were twins JaNiya and Amaya McCail. They were born at Akron General on Thursday and are being treated at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Their parents, Amanda Arnold and James McCail, of Akron, learned they were having the twins in November. Amanda is actually the daughter of and sister of twins, according to Akron Children’s Hospital.

Amanda was admitted to the hospital about a month ago for fetal monitoring. They decided to deliver by C-section on May 15 at 32 weeks.

The date was a tribute to James’ mother, Valerie, who died three years ago that day.

Akron General said the babies are learning to eat and gaining weight.

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