A rare set of twin girls from Akron, Ohio, who clasped hands moments after their birth two years ago have been virtually inseparable ever since and are “like two peas in a pod,” according to a new report.
Jenna and Jillian Thistlewaite, were monoamniotic or “mono mono,” meaning they shared an amniotic sac. That occurs in about one in 10,000 twin pregnancies, but due to complications, some never survive to birth.
Their mother, Sarah, delivered the girls at Akron General Hospital via cesarean section at 33 weeks in May 2014. Seconds after nurses held the babies up to show their parents, the two newborns quickly clasped hands.
"They were born 45 seconds apart,” said Amy Kilgore, a hospital spokesperson who was there for the birth. "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."
At the age of 1, the twins still wanted to be near one another, especially during meals, according to the parents. Because of that closeness, their father Bill decided to put the the girls in different colored socks to tell them apart, he told KTLA sister station WJW in Cleveland last year.
Now 2, not much has changed. In a new interview, the Thistlewaites say the girls remain extremely close and have a "built-in best friend" in each other.
"They like the same foods, they both love swimming and being outside, and they love to play with the same toys," Sarah Thistlethwaite told People Magazine. "We try to buy two of everything to minimize competition, but still, they usually find one to fight over – even if they're exactly the same."
The Akron mother also said her girls still do not like being away from each another.
"Sometimes if my husband goes to the store, he'll take one twin and I'll keep the other," Thistlethwaite told the magazine. "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."