Their births left even doctors speechless. The twins Jenna and Jillian Thistlethwaite were born 45 seconds apart and as soon as the doctors held them close to each other, they clasped hands, stunning everyone in the delivery room.
Now, two years later, rare twin girls who were born holding hands, are closer than ever.
Twins were monoamniotic or “mono mono,” meaning they shared an amniotic sac. This happens in about one in 10,000 twin pregnancies. Because of complications, some never survive to birth. The sisters, who were born premature, spent some time in the neonatal unit before going home.
By the time they turned 1, Jenna and Jillian kept grabbing each other at every opportunity while sitting together or during meals.
The Thistlewaites say the girls have a “built-in best friend” in each other. If one of them starts crying, the other will try to comfort her by rubbing her back, hugging her or finding a pacifier.
“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.”