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Photo: Rare Twins Hold Hands Moments After Birth
Boston.com ^ | May 11, 2014 4:53 PM | Chris Caesar

Posted on 05/11/2014 2:20:44 PM PDT by BenLurkin

n Ohio mother who gave birth to twins got a special Mother’s Day surprise Sunday when her difficult pregnancy culminated with the photograph of a lifetime: a picture of her babies, barely a minute old, holding hands as they faced their new world.

Sarah Thistlewhistle’s newborns were monoamniotic—or “mono mono”—twins, a rare condition in which two fetuses share a single amniotic sack and remain in near-constant physical contact for the duration of the pregnancy. The formation occurs in approximately .3 percent of births and can require intensive care during the third trimester to avoid complications.

(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: birth; twins

1 posted on 05/11/2014 2:20:44 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Our G-d is an awesome G-d.


2 posted on 05/11/2014 2:25:15 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: BenLurkin

Beautiful.


3 posted on 05/11/2014 2:27:56 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: who knows what evil?

Yes, He is awesome!

And that is so precious.


4 posted on 05/11/2014 2:30:50 PM PDT by Heart of Georgia
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To: BenLurkin

The article didn’t say how much they weigh, but they are a couple of hefty lil gals for twins — look like 5.5 or 6 lbs each. That’s a lotta pregnant. Luckily there was only one sac, or that would have added another 1.5 - 2 lbs. Great job, Mom!


5 posted on 05/11/2014 2:32:09 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: who knows what evil?

He certainly is! Beautiful.


6 posted on 05/11/2014 2:32:17 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Precious


7 posted on 05/11/2014 2:33:00 PM PDT by gwgn02
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To: BenLurkin

5 years ago my daughter found out she was carrying monoamniotic triplets..It’s still impossible to describe how you go from utter joy (triplets!!!!..I couldn’t wait...) to total despair, as we found out..the long list of complications..the very high probability of multiple birth defects. It challenges your faith...she had a miscarriage a few weeks later..that’s also fairly common with these pregnancies..happily, 15 months later, they had a beautiful baby girl..


8 posted on 05/11/2014 2:33:29 PM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: BenLurkin

A lovely Mother’s Day gift. I have never heard of the surname Thistlewhistle. I’m sure it has a long rich history. I suspect that may be a Scot name. The Scots have a flag with a thistle on it because a tall growth of purple thistle walled them off and offered protection from an invading army centuries ago. Is it common for today’s mothers to post photos of their newborns to the public? She must have given the hospital approval.


9 posted on 05/11/2014 2:34:46 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: Albion Wilde

Jillian weighed in at 3 lbs 13 oz and her sister Jenna at 4 lbs 2 oz per an article in the Akron Beacon Journal yesterday.


10 posted on 05/11/2014 2:42:18 PM PDT by Typelouder
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To: Typelouder

Very sweet! Happy Mother’s Day Mom.


11 posted on 05/11/2014 2:44:21 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: who knows what evil?

Indeed. the lib reaction would be “eek! kill it”


12 posted on 05/11/2014 2:46:34 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: BenLurkin

Very cool I am a twin so this stuff always gets my attention


13 posted on 05/11/2014 2:50:21 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom…)
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To: Viennacon

...that’s why I was surprised to see the ‘Boston.com’ link...probably ruined a lot of Mother’s Day dinners for Red England libs.


14 posted on 05/11/2014 2:50:58 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: ken5050

Im so sorry My mom found out like two weeks before we were born she was having twins


15 posted on 05/11/2014 2:52:16 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom…)
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To: Typelouder

http://www.ohio.com/news/top-stories/rare-monoamniotic-twins-arrive-as-early-mother-s-day-gift-1.486975

Here is the link to the Akron Beacon Journal article, with much more detail to the twins’ births.


16 posted on 05/11/2014 2:52:19 PM PDT by Typelouder
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To: gwgn02

I’ll second your comment. It’s so hard to believe that there are those that would prefer a different outcome for gifts like those two and others like them.


17 posted on 05/11/2014 3:05:20 PM PDT by NCC-1701 (I am proud of what America USED TO BE.)
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To: BenLurkin
Sarah Thistlewhistle’s newborns were monoamniotic—or “mono mono”—twins, a rare condition in which two fetuses share a single amniotic sack and remain in near-constant physical contact for the duration of the pregnancy

And they'll be going at it mano-a-mano for the next 16+ years or so ....

18 posted on 05/11/2014 3:12:06 PM PDT by mikrofon (Happy Mothers Day!)
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To: who knows what evil?

Amen to thaat ! Yes HE is =)


19 posted on 05/11/2014 3:16:46 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: BenLurkin

Beautiful photo - - thanks for posting.


20 posted on 05/11/2014 3:19:08 PM PDT by cyn (Benghazi)
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To: BenLurkin

Dang Blurry Screen!


21 posted on 05/11/2014 3:19:54 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: al baby

The doctor had left the room after my sister was born, and the nurse called him back a half hour later when I made an appearance. They had no idea there were 2 babies in there, and we weighed 8 pounds, combined! Needless to say, my father nearly passed out!


22 posted on 05/11/2014 3:30:37 PM PDT by Em and Brets Mum ("Lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel." - Proverbs 20:15)
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To: Em and Brets Mum

My twin Angie yes a girl so many people ask are you identical I tell them i have an outtie she has an innie Angie is older she likes to rub that in sometimes my reply doesn’t bother me I was sitting on her face for 9 months

We were womb mates

My mom loved having twins just loved it


23 posted on 05/11/2014 3:34:04 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom…)
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To: Em and Brets Mum

My twin Angie yes a girl so many people ask are you identical I tell them i have an outtie she has an innie Angie is older she likes to rub that in sometimes my reply doesn’t bother me I was sitting on her face for 9 months

We were womb mates

My mom loved having twins just loved it


24 posted on 05/11/2014 3:35:30 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom…)
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To: BenLurkin

Amazing.....thx for sharing. Especially on Mother’s Day.


25 posted on 05/11/2014 4:11:33 PM PDT by Viking2002
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To: BenLurkin

That is really cute, but those girls are going to need each other if they are going to carry the name “Thistlewhistle” through school. Can you imagine the teasing?

I wonder if they were born Cesarean or naturally?


26 posted on 05/11/2014 4:35:28 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: BenLurkin

Aww! That is wonderful!


27 posted on 05/11/2014 4:41:25 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: BenLurkin

I didn’t realize it is that rare! My twin girls were in one sack also. They will be 37 in Sept. My how time flies! Having twins was a lot of fun! They have spent a lifetime trying to look different however...lol

Lots of twins on both sides of my family. My grandmother was a twin also. True story...my grandmother was named Estee and her sister was Uvee (ST & UV for those in Rio Linda...lol). My first cousins, also twins, begged me not to rhyme my girls’ names and I took their advice. My girls are grateful that I didn’t rhyme them.


28 posted on 05/11/2014 4:48:09 PM PDT by BamaBelle
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To: BenLurkin

After seeing this,how can anyone say that life begins only at birth


29 posted on 05/11/2014 4:52:20 PM PDT by ContraryMary (Barack Obama = Neville Chamberlain)
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To: who knows what evil?

‘Our G-d is an awesome G-d.’ I agree but why are you leaving out the o? Far as I know to say God is not yet profane. I am sure one day it will, but not yet.


30 posted on 05/11/2014 5:06:17 PM PDT by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: who knows what evil?
Why is God sometimes spelled G-d? I'm not trying to be a smart a$$ I just don't understand the reason behind the spelling.
31 posted on 05/11/2014 5:07:30 PM PDT by 4yearlurker (Some people say that experts agree!!)
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To: al baby

Al baby - you’re a twin?! Is your twin a freeper?


32 posted on 05/11/2014 5:08:22 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: al baby

Just met a couple that had kids in the late 60’s. They had twins......doctors never saw it coming. I can only imagine.


33 posted on 05/11/2014 5:16:15 PM PDT by cornfedcowboy
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To: 4yearlurker

Many people (usually Jews and some evangelicals) consider the name of G-d so holy that we are not worthy of speaking or writing His name...for me, a sign of respect for His holy name.


34 posted on 05/11/2014 5:19:18 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: al baby

I can top that. My mother didn’t know she would have twins until she had the first one—me.


35 posted on 05/11/2014 5:27:49 PM PDT by odawg
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To: cornfedcowboy

My mom kept telling the doctor she was carrying an octopus. But back in those days, all they did was listen for heartbeats, and there was only 1 detected. Sure enough, mom went into very early labor and after I was born, they saw my sister’s feet! We were really tiny, 4.2 & 3.8 and my sister had some lung issues, but we survived and thrived. The Dr. claimed there was one sac and a shared placenta,but that’s doubtful because we are clearly not identical, I look native American and she is all Irish!


36 posted on 05/11/2014 5:49:58 PM PDT by twyn1
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To: BenLurkin

Nice! They seem to be a pretty good size for twins, too.


37 posted on 05/11/2014 6:05:48 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: lee martell

Actually I think the story was something like the Vikings were invading and had taken off their boots for stealth. Then they stepped into a thistle bed and were less than quiet thereafter. It’s not so sneaky when you’re shrieking in pain with needles stuck in your feet.


38 posted on 05/11/2014 6:08:58 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Typelouder
Jillian weighed in at 3 lbs 13 oz and her sister Jenna at 4 lbs 2 oz per an article in the Akron Beacon Journal yesterday.

Wow, looks are deceiving -- I gave them twice that from the photo -- I guess it's true what they say: the camera puts weight on you! LOL!

39 posted on 05/11/2014 6:12:19 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: ken5050

I’m sorry to read your daughter/family went through that painful experience. Happy she later had her healthy baby girl.

We’re inclined these days to forget the dangers of each and every pregnancy. We’ve become accustomed to everything turning out just right. Not too long ago, that was not the case. Still, the risk remains and is so painful for those affected.


40 posted on 05/11/2014 6:36:35 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: al baby

Al baby,

My twin is 6 inches taller than I am. She always says that she sat on me for 9 months and that’s why I’m shorter.


41 posted on 05/11/2014 6:37:42 PM PDT by Em and Brets Mum ("Lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel." - Proverbs 20:15)
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To: ladyjane

No but my older sister is a bed wetting obama voter


42 posted on 05/11/2014 7:00:16 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom…)
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To: al baby
my older sister is a bed wetting obama voter

I'm glad you could share that with us.

Is there anything we could do to make you feel better about that?

43 posted on 05/11/2014 7:13:07 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: ContraryMary

ditto!


44 posted on 05/11/2014 7:54:46 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: ladyjane

Last night i woke up wanting 31 flavors bubble gum ice cream that would have been pretty good


45 posted on 05/12/2014 10:34:42 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom…)
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