Doctors in Australia say they have identified a pair of rare “semi-identical” twins. Their report was published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Genetic testing revealed that the twins, who are now 4 years old, share all of their mother’s DNA but only a portion of their father’s. One of the report’s authors said it’s likely that a single egg from the mother was fertilised by two sperm from the father before dividing in half. Doctors in Australia say they have discovered a rare set of twins who are neither fraternal nor identical, but something in between. In a report published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, the researchers said they used prenatal genetic testing to identify a set of ‘semi-identical’ twins, USA Today reported. According to a press statement about the research, the twins are only the second set of semi-identical twins ever reported in the world, and the very first set to be … [Read more...] about Doctors have identified a rare pair of ‘semi-identical’ twins. Here’s how that might happen.
Updated 7:35 am PST, Saturday, January 26, 2019 In this Jan. 10, 2019 photo, Jade and Wesley Ewoldt, of Dysart, Iowa, pose with Keeley, one of their twin daughters, in an isolation room at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. The identical twins, Kambry and Keeley, were born 18 weeks premature. (Meta Hemenway-Forbes/The Courier via AP) less In this Jan. 10, 2019 photo, Jade and Wesley Ewoldt, of Dysart, Iowa, pose with Keeley, one of their twin daughters, in an isolation room at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. The ... more Photo: Meta Hemenway-Forbes, AP Photo: Meta Hemenway-Forbes, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 In this Jan. 10, 2019 photo, Jade and Wesley Ewoldt, of Dysart, Iowa, pose with Keeley, one … [Read more...] about Identical twin girls among youngest born in Iowa
A pair of Bhutanese conjoined twins have been successfully separated after a marathon surgery involving 18 doctors. 15-month-old Nima and Dawa are happy and healthy after their roughly six-hour surgery today at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, according to the SMH. It’s an ideal outcome, but the difficulty with the surgery lay in not knowing exactly how many vital body parts the twins shared before the first incision was made. It was thought that they shared a liver. “I think the best part of the surgery was that there were no highs and no lows”, Dr Joe Cameri, head of paediatric surgery at the hospital said this afternoon at a press conference. He had previously said that the medical team were prepared for the surgery to take days, but that he realistically envisioned it would take around 6-8 hours. “In this situation, we have two twins which are largely separate in the way they function, but like all conjoined twins they just have a small … [Read more...] about A pair of conjoined twins have been successfully separated after a 6-hour surgery involving 18 doctors
Bryce Airgood Detroit Free Press Published 5:14 p.m. UTC Aug 6, 2018 Some twins are content sharing a birthday, but these two sets of identical twins decided to take it a step further. Identical twin sisters, Brittany and Briana Deane, married identical twin brothers, Joshua and Jeremy Salyers, in a double “fairy tale” wedding on Saturday, Aug. 4, at the annual Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio. Not only do they share this wedding day, they will also share a TLC special, TLC Senior Manager of Publicity Nicole Anaejionu said. “The newlyweds’ journey to the alter will be featured in an upcoming TLC special which will invite viewers into the extraordinary world of twin subculture and illuminate the daily life of identical twins,“ Anaejionu said in an email. “Not only will viewers get a first-hand look at the unique bond that these twins have with each other, and their new spouses, but they also get to tag along with the … [Read more...] about These identical twins share wedding day, honeymoon, TV special
Born at only six months, little Levi had a very slim chance of survival. Out of his mother's womb too early, Levi suffered from multiple complications: his tummy was bloated due to a perforation in his underdeveloped intestines, and he only weighed 925 grams. "We were excited to meet this li'l one. But apparently, no one was more excited than he was. And what a big surprise he pulled," said first-time mom Landa Bautista-Abundo, who had struggles of her own when she gave birth to Levi. But with God's grace, medical intervention, and determination of Levi's parents and family, the little fighter is now inspiring people online with his amazing will to live. From an emaciated baby, Levi now has cheeks to show off, spreading good vibes to his page's followers on Facebook. LITTLE LEVI LION HEART LONG ROAD TO RECOVERY Levi had to undergo ileostomy, and for a few months, a part of his intestines was exposed as doctors continue to observe his development. After almost five months in the … [Read more...] about Inspiring read: Mom shares journey with ‘miracle’ 26-weeker Levi