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BORN HOLDING HANDS; Twins show their special bond after surviving a 1 in 10,000 pregnancy.

Byline: CHRIS BUCKTIN reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

TWINS Jenna and Jillian Thistlewaite were born holding hands after a perilous 33 weeks in the womb.

Mum Sarah, a 32-year-old teacher, was amazed to see her newborns cling together as medics held them up.

The pair shared the same amniotic sac and placenta, which gives an increased risk of birth defects and complications.

But Sarah, who had been ordered to have complete bed rest for the previous 57 days, was thrilled to find that her girls were healthy.

She said: "I can't believe they are holding hands. They're already best friends."

Mono-amniotic twins account for just one in 10,000 pregnancies and one to five per cent of all twins.

Dr Melissa Mancuso, who delivered the girls by Caesarean section at Akron General Hospital in Ohio, said they will be in hospital for two to four weeks.

Jenna weighed 4lb 2oz and Jillian 3lb 13oz when they were born on Friday. Sarah and husband Bill, 35, were able to hold them on the US's Mother's Day on Sunday.

"It's just hard to put into words how amazing it feels to know the girls are OK," Sarah added.

"It's great to know that they're doing so well and being able to hold them. It's truly a miracle."

The hospital are due to see another set of monoamniotic twins within a few days as Amanda Arnold, 24, is preparing to give birth to Janiya and Amaya.

They are already best friends. It's hard to say how amazing it feels

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