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Twins born holding hands set to go home for Father's Day

Unidentified monoamniotic twins at 15 weeks gestation.
Unidentified monoamniotic twins at 15 weeks gestation.
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Rare mono mono identical twins Jenna and Jillian Thistlethwaite will soon be able to go home for the first time since being born May 9th. The girls, born sharing the same amniotic sac and placenta, became world-famous after a photo showing them holding hands taken shortly after delivery at Akron General Medical Center in Ohio went viral.

"It's still been crazy," father Bill Thistlethwaite said. "Everywhere we go, someone saw it. People are still talking about it."

Jenna was born 48 seconds before her sister at 4 lb, 2 oz and 17 inches long, with Jillian 3 lbs, 13 oz and 17.5 inches long. The pair born at 33 weeks and two days to their 32-year-old mother, Sarah. They were immediately transferred to Akron’s Children’s Hospital because they needed help breathing. Since then, they have reportedly gained weight and are now about 5lbs.

Their rare birth condition is called monoamniotic, or "mono mono," and doctors say they occur in about one of every 10,000 pregnancies. Amazingly, a second pair born was born at Akron General the following week, and are “ also are doing well,” according to hospital spokeswoman Amy Kilgore said.