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Doctors Discover Identical Tumors In Identical Twins. 8 Years Later, They’re Totally Transformed

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald Pellot graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in Writing & Popular Culture. She worked as Senior Editor of College Candy for 2 years, covering feminism, popular culture, and college life before joining LittleThings in 2015. Based in New York City, Emerald covers a wide range of topics from human interest pieces to celebrity news.

What are the odds of giving birth to beautiful, identical twin girls like Isabella and Madeline? Alissa and Michael Dunn considered themselves lucky to bring home two healthy, happy little babies.

Things were going smoothly, until a routine checkup at the doctor turned into every parent’s nightmare. Their pediatrician noticed that Madeline’s belly was swollen.

“You could see his face change, and I think we both knew this wasn’t going to be a normal checkup,” Michael says.

Madeline had an ultrasound. It was discovered that she had a rare form of infant cancer. Then, more bad news. The doctors discovered that Isabella had the same form of cancer in the exact same place.

The outlook wasn’t good.

The odds that identical twins would form the exact same kind of cancer, at the same time, was rare. But the odds that both would survive?

Alissa and Michael continued to pray for a miracle, but their daughters became so sick they couldn’t even touch them. During their chemotherapy treatments, doctors decided to reunite Isabella and Madeline.

For the first time in so long, the little girls were laughing and playing.

“They let us put them together for the first time, and they recognized each other.  It was huge. They started kicking and smiling, and they hadn’t done that in a month,” said Alissa. 

They improved so much they got to go home to continue their treatments. Then, weeks later, the parents got the news: there was no more evidence of disease in either twin.

Watch the girls celebrate their eighth birthday completely cancer-free.

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Footage provided courtesy of the 700 Club.

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