Rare ‘mono mono’ twins clasp hands just after birth, camera captures the tender moment

Posted at 3:46 PM, May 11, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-12 14:26:22-04

AKRON, Ohio – A pair of twins born just days before Mother’s Day are getting national attention because of their unique birth and a heartwarming show of sisterhood.

FOX 13 News sister station FOX 8 in Cleveland reports that Jenna and Jillian were born to Sarah and Bill Thisthlewaite of Orville Friday, and the two are considered “mono mono” twins.

Mono mono twins share an amniotic sack, a rare occurrence that happens about 1 in every 10,000 twin pregnancies. Complications mean that some "mono mono" twins never survive to birth.

The two newborn sisters added a heartwarming twist to their unique birth, as seconds after they were born the nurses held them up to show their parents and the sisters clasped hands.

“They were born 45 seconds apart,” Amy Kilgore, a hospital spokesperson who was there for the birth, told FOX 8 in Cleveland. “Once they made sure they were OK,  they held them up so mom and dad could see. As soon as they were side by side, they held hands. It gave me chills.”

See the photos above for the heartwarming moment, and click here for much more on this story from FOX 8 in Cleveland.