Six months after Jenna and Jillian Thistlebate were born holding hands, the two rare twins are still loving holding on to each other. The truly unique moment garnered national attention as the twins were born actually holding hands.
The picture was seen across the country and touched the hearts of millions. But that is not what makes the girls so unique.
The Thistlebate twins are what is called “mono mono” twins. This means that in utero the two baby girls shared one placenta instead of each having their own. This can be a very dangerous and complicated condition.
The chances of survival out of the womb is rare. Babies with this condition can also experience other complications. But Jenna and Jillian did survive and are now thriving. No one could be more thrilled then their parents.
Their mom Sarah and father Bill stated that the pair always wanted three children but never expected they would reach three children so quickly. The pair of twin join older brother Jaxon who is two years old. Sarah, who works as a teacher, is preparing to return to work after taking eight months of maternity leave to care for all three of her children.