Second set of 'mono mono' twins born at same hospital

AKRON, Ohio - For the second time in a week, a rare set of mono mono twins was delivered at Akron General Medical Center in Ohio. A news camera was rolling to capture the birth of the latest set of siblings.

Surrounded by family members, Amanda Arnold prepared herself for the moment at 32 weeks, ready to deliver mono mono, identical, twin girls.

Just six days ago at the same hospital the Thistlethwaite family made international news when their mono mono twins, Jillian and Jenna, held hands moments after they were born.

The deliveries, by C-section, took 19 minutes. Welcomed into the world were beautiful identical twin sisters with dark black hair, Janiyah and Amaya. Mom, who had spent five weeks in the hospital, couldn't be happier.

"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.

Mono mono twins share the same amniotic sac and placenta and only happen once in every 10,000 pregnancies. To have two sets in a week at the same hospital is unreal.

"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.


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