Rare 'mono mono' twins home for first time

ORRVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Rare twins who gained international attention after they were photographed holding hands moments after their birth last month are home in time for Father's Day.

Jenna and Jillian Thistlethwaite were born sharing the same amniotic sac and placenta May 9 at Akron General Medical Center in northwest Ohio.

After spending nearly a month in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit, the Akron Beacon Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1uFm7u6) that the identical twins went home in Orrville in northeast Ohio on Saturday.

Their father, Bill Thistlethwaite, says he's excited to have the girls at home with him and his wife and their 15-month-old son Jaxon.

The twins' rare birth condition is called monoamnioitic, or "mono mono." Doctors say they occur in about one of every 10,000 pregnancies.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com

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