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Mother Panics As Doctors Gasp During Delivery - Then Sees Twins Holding Hands

Rare identical twins kept everyone worried during an extremely risky pregnancy. When the two came into the world, they proved they got through it together - they were holding hands.

Monoamniotic pregnancies are the riskiest pregnancies for identical twins. It's when the two babies share an amniotic sack. Umbilical cords can get tangled, and the blood supply can be cut off to one or both of the babies.

These kinds of twins have only a 50 percent survival rate.

When Sarah Thistlethwaite became pregnant with monoamniotic twins, the doctor warned the parents about the dangers. Thistlethwaite was carefully monitored throughout her pregnancy and spent 57 days on bedrest.

Doctors performed a Cesarean section to deliver the twins at 33 weeks. The delivery room was so silent, you could hear a pin drop. Then, medical staff gasped.

"Oh my gosh!" said gynecologist Melissa Mancuso. "They're holding hands!"

"My heart just melted," Thistlethwaite, 35, tells People Magazine. "Even my husband got tears in his eyes – I don’t know that anybody in the room had a dry eye."

The Thistlethwaites named their daughter's Jenna and Jillian. Now, two years later, the girls are both healthy, and they're closer than ever. In most of the family photos, they can still be seen holding hands.

Source: People
Photos: Akron Children's Hospital, Sarah Thistlethwaite, Sarah Thistlethwaite/Facebook

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