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Twin Girls Born Holding Hands Are Closer Than Ever 2 Years Later

by Ana Luisa Suarez
Ana is an Associate Editor who loves animals and food. A good taco and a snuggle with her dogs is all she needs.

Having a baby is supposed to be one of the most exciting times in your life. It is heartbreaking to learn before your child is even born that something could go terribly wrong.

Sarah and Bill Thistlethwaite found out they were having twins. But then they found out, they learned they were having monoamniotic twins. Monoamniotic twins, or “mono mono” twins, are siblings that share the same amniotic sac, and they’re at risk for many complications during pregnancy. Mono mono twins face just a 50 percent survival rate, so the odds were stacked against the Thistlethwaites.

Jillian and Jenna Thistlethwaite were born just two days before Mother’s Day in 2014, joining their older brother Jaxon in the Thistlethwaite family.

The girls were born only 45 seconds apart, but when doctors held them up together, they shocked everyone in the hospital room.

[H/T: People]

Jillian and Jenna Thistlethwaite beat the odds against monoamniotic—or “mono mono”—twins! But they also happened to be holding hands at birth.

“Once they made sure they were OK, they held them up so mom and dad could see,” Amy Kilgore, a hospital spokesperson who was there for the birth, told Fox 8. “As soon as they were side by side, they held hands. It gave me chills.”

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Sarah spent 57 days on bed rest to minimize the risks of her pregnancy. Thankfully, she gave birth to these healthy little girls via Caesarean section at just 33 weeks!

When the twins were born, everyone was shocked to see their hands.

“My heart just melted,” Sarah told People. “Even my husband got tears in his eyes — I don’t know that anybody in the room had a dry eye.”

Two years later, these girls are closer than ever! The identical twins match in just about everything, even their pajamas!

The twins are so close now, they don’t like to be separated. Not even for errands!

“Sometimes if my husband goes to the store, he’ll take one twin and I’ll keep the other,” Sarah told People. “When that happens, they both get really upset and ask for each other. They’re definitely really close. They’re like two peas in a pod.”

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