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Twins who were joined at the spine are successfully separated after a ...
Daily Mail
Head of anaesthesiology, Dr Valecha, added: 'The most difficult task in this surgery was the anaesthetist's job which was challenging by the fact that whatever drug was given to one twin, the other would receive it inadvertently through a large sharing ...

'Miracle twins' for woman who had ovaries removed
Scotsman
A SURVIVING cancer patient who had her ovaries removed is to become the mother of twins, thanks to an IVF breakthrough. Ironically, it was ovarian cancer treatment to save her life seven years ago that made the woman, an Australian known only by her ...

Parents Relieved After Twins' Separation Surgery
ABC News
When Dave and Jenni Ezell first found out their twin sons were conjoined, they considered terminating the pregnancy. The couple was initially told even if the pregnancy was brought to full term, the infants would likely not survive for long after birth ...

Conjoined Twins Explained
ABC News
The process that results in identical twins becoming conjoined is not entirely understood. According to Hedrick, the most common theory is that when a single embryo splits into two, the cells do not fully separate. As a result, the identical twins that ...

Australian IVF study reveals high-risk multiple births in decline
ABC Online
A national study of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) success rates reveals more Australian women are using the technology to fall pregnant while also avoiding high-risk multiple births. Thirty-five years after the first test-tube baby was born, IVF ...

Life as an autistic triplet: The startlingly intimate images that reveal the ...
Daily Mail
A photographer has captured candid and incredibly moving photographs of teenage triplets, all of whom suffer from autism. Over the course of two years, José Antonio de Lamadrid, 50, from Seville, has followed three 18-year-old brothers who were all ...

Utah twins who were born joined at the chest mark 7 healthy years since their ...
Daily Mail
Chances of successful surgery and survival are greater if the twins have separate sets of organs, experts say. Although success rates have improved over the years, surgical separation is still rare. Since 1950, at least one twin has survived separation ...

Mother has TWO sets of twins naturally in 14 months, beating odds of 700-1 ...
Daily Mail
Stacey Wright and her partner Peter Peter Podolski were stunned when they discovered she discovered she was pregnant with her second set of twins - despite being on the contraceptive pill. Sons Harry and Oscar (left to right) arrived in in April 2010 ...

Twin twins: Mum has twins through IVF... then ANOTHER set of twins naturally ...
Mirror.co.uk
It is, perhaps, an understandable reaction for any dad-to-be who has just discovered he is going to have twins. But for Stuart and Julie, it was a doubly big shock. After seven years of heartbreak and IVF costing thousands of pounds, the couple finally ...

25-week triplets beat the odds
Daily Star
Overjoyed Dani Hill and partner Bobby Myers cannot believe how far their tots have come in 10 months. Tyler, Vinnie and Robert each weighed about 1½lb and fought back from the brink of death when they were born just past six months of pregnancy.

Twins bring life back into Weekes home
TVNZ
The parents of NZ triplets killed in a Doha mall fire say "it's really great to have little people in the house again". Jane and Martin Weekes welcomed a baby girl, Poppy, and a baby boy, Parker, on July 31. In their first interview since leaving ...

Five handed jail terms over deadly Doha mall blaze
ArabianBusiness.com
Among the dead children included the two-year old Weekes triplets from New Zealand, as well as victims from Canada, Egypt, the US, Spain and South Africa. Investigators had said last year that the fire that broke out next to the unlicensed Gympanzee ...

Kiwi twins chase Moscow dream
TVNZ
African-based Kiwi twins, Jake and Zane Robertson, set to clash for the very first time over 5000m on Sunday morning in Belgium have both vowed to secure qualification in that event for next month's World Championships. Jake has already won selection ...

The twins saved by one donor's kidneys
The Sun
IDENTICAL twins Jack and Josh Parry made history when they were given transplant kidneys from the SAME donor at the SAME time. The brave nine-year-olds are the first twins in Europe ever to have the surgery simultaneously using organs from a single ...

Chinese Twins Reunited After 41 Years Apart
Sky News
Twins reunited after 41 years apart After being reunited, the twins tracked down their mother. She was living in Jianning, having remarried after the death of the boys' father a decade earlier. The twins' story has proved popular on China's Sina Weibo ...

Cuba's amazing dancing identical triplets, aged 13
BBC News
Angel, Cesar and Marcos Ramirez Castellano have already defied the odds by their very existence, as they are a rare set of identical triplets. But the three 13-year-olds are extraordinary in another way - they are all top young ballet dancers who made ...

Triplets look to make mark in rugby
3News NZ
Wellington rugby already has the Savea brothers, but now there is a new family looking to make its name. Stewart, Tuohy and Peter Pili are triplets playing in the Porirua College first XV. Mum Ella was beaming as she watched Peter captain the side for ...

Twins who beat the odds after being born at just 22 weeks celebrate first birthday
The Northern Echo
SOME of the most premature twins to have ever survived celebrated their milestone first birthday this week. Harley and Archie Garthwaite may be a year old, but they are still not much bigger than a newborn at 16lb and 13lb. The twins were born when ...

IVF death rate spurs warning on strategy
New Zealand Herald
Women facing IVF treatment are being urged to have only one embryo transfer at a time, after a report found the death rate for multiple births jumped in the six years to 2011. Doctors agree with the recommendation, but a fertility organisation said the ...

IVF death rate spurs warning on strategy
New Zealand Herald
Women facing IVF treatment are being urged to have only one embryo transfer at a time, after a report found the death rate for multiple births jumped in the six years to 2011. Doctors agree with the recommendation, but a fertility organisation said the ...

Third set of twins for Renfrewshire couple
BBC News
A mother from Renfrewshire has given birth to her third set of twins - beating odds of one in half-a-million. Karen Rodger, 41, and her husband Colin, 44, from Langbank are said to be over the moon after the girls, Rowan and Isla, arrived on Wednesday ...

Why do identical twins end up having such different lives?

The Guardian

Their genes are exactly the same, so why don't identical siblings' lives follow more similar patterns? The scientist behind a pioneering 21-yearstudy believes he has the answer

Czech 'supermum' Alexandra Kinova gives birth to quintuplets

News.com.au

A 23-year old Czech woman gave birth to four boys and a girl in what hospital officials said was the country's first recorded case of quintuplets. Dubbed "supermum" by local media, Alexandra Kinova was assisted by a team of around 40 specialists....

Intestine transplant succeeds between twins

China Daily
XI'AN - A hospital in northwest China's Shaanxi province announced Tuesday that Asia's first small bowel transplant operation between twins has been successful. The transplanted intestine has regained digestive function, and the 45-year-old patient is ...

Conjoined Twins Separated in Groundbreaking Surgery In Peru
Huffington Post
They were conjoined twin girls, joined at the abdomen, who shared a liver. Thanks to surgical intervention, which is being hailed by many as a milestone in Peruvian medicine, they have been separated and can now live independent lives. Following an ...

29st woman told she was too fat to have children loses 12st after gastric band ...
Daily Mail
A woman who was told she was too fat to have a baby has spoken of her joy after she lost 12 stone - and gave birth to triplets. Kelly Hoyles, 36, endured 13 years of heartache after trying unsuccessfully to become pregnant since she married in 2000.

Meet twin sisters Alessia and Lara Deleo, born 16 days apart
NEWS.com.au
THEY are officially classed as twins, but three-year-olds Alessia and Lara Deleo do not share the same birthday. Instead of being born minutes or even hours apart, the sisters entered the world 16 days apart - a feat obstetricians say is a rarity ...

Tips from moms with multiples - Madison.com
Wisconsin State Journal
Moms of multiples — twins, triplets and quadruplets — have learned some things that can help out every parent. Read more. Have a schedule so your children know what to expect. If they learn the routine for meals, playtime, chores and bedtime, there ...

10 questions with parents of triplets
Stockton Record
Nanci Johnston sits with her 11-month-old triplets Jacob Dale, left, Genevieve Grace and Patrick Timmons at their Lodi home as she talks about what it's like to live a real-life version of “Survivor” with a trio of energetic tots. The biggest challenge ...

A love story, times three - Reading Eagle
Reading Eagle
The news, the very good news for Kathy and Keith, was that Lisa knew of a woman who was pregnant with triplets and looking for someone who might adopt them. Already the single mother of two children, the woman felt she could not assume care for three ...

On College: Twins and admissions
San Jose Mercury News
In the past several months, I have had the opportunity to meet with several pairs of twins regarding their high school careers and college admissions. Without exception, the one piece of advice I have given to parents of twins is to make sure that the ...

Woman delivers twins on train - for the second time! - Zee News
Zee News
Habibullah, the proud father of the twins, said they were going to their village Kundera in Gonda when his wife went into labour in Kanpur. But before he could decide on de-boarding the train, the train moved, and he was left with no option but to wait ...

On College: Twins and admissions
San Jose Mercury News
In the past several months, I have had the opportunity to meet with several pairs of twins regarding their high school careers and college admissions. Without exception, the one piece of advice I have given to parents of twins is to make sure that the ...

Wonder triplets born eight days apart
Herald Sun
Most multiple births come within 30 minutes of each other if delivered naturally, or just one to two minutes apart if they are caesarean. Colin and Sarita Saltmarsh are now crossing their fingers that all three babies can be home soon. The triplets ...

Cape triplets born by gentle cesarean
NBC2 News
Right now the nursing team is checking with other hospitals throughout the nation, but they believe it was the first gentle cesarean with triplets in the nation. That means during the cesarean procedure, the room is silent to create a calm environment ...

Autistic twins barred from school taxis
Stuff.co.nz
SAFETY ISSUES: Rachael Hughes, of Tawa, plays with 6-year-old son Kennedy. His twin Gabriel is in the background. Wellington Combined Taxis is refusing to provide transport for the boys, citing reports of kicking, spitting and shouting, based on video ..

School taxi service bans autistic twins
TVNZ
Now mum Rachael Hughes, of Tawa, has laid a complaint with Wellington Combined, saying it has shown a lack of understanding of high-needs children such as her boys Kennedy and Gabriel, identical twins who attend Porirua Primary School's special ...

Kiwi running twins set quick times
Stuff.co.nz
African-based New Zealand distance running twins Jake and Zane Robertson have made impressive starts in relatively new events as they eye qualification for this year's world track and field championships in Moscow. The 23-year-olds from Hamilton both ...

Why twins Amy and Katie are world-beaters
Irish Independent
"I felt extreme pressure on my abdomen, but I thought that must be normal as I was having twins," she said. "But I was worried enough to get an appointment at my GP who told me to go straight to hospital. When I got there just hours later my waters

Miracle twins born a record 87 DAYS apart
Mirror.co.uk
Maria went into labour four months early, giving birth to Amy – but Katie did not arrive until three months later. Their incredible births will now become a Guinness World Record for the “longest interval between the birth of twins”. The previous ...

The 70m-to-1 quads: IVF mother's double set of identical twins defy the odds
Daily Mail
And to cap it all, James, Joshua, Lauren and Emily are two sets of identical twins – a one in 70million occurrence. Mr and Mrs Turner married in 2007 and when their attempts to conceive naturally were unsuccessful, they decided to try IVF treatment.

Twins Fred and Harold Phillpotts have always remembered their fallen mates
The Australian
EVERY day for 70 years, 90-year-old twins Fred and Harold Phillpotts remember their mates who didn't come home from World War II. The pair, who served in New Guinea, support the Anzac tradition but don't attend the annual ceremonies because for them, ...

Conjoined twin girls who were connected at heart and liver are successfully ...
Daily Mail
According to Dr Lanning, while phased-separation surgeries of twins conjoined at the head or hips have been successful, there are no published reports of successful, phased-separation surgeries of those sharing vital organs and conjoined at the abdomen ...

Twin study shows environment interacts with genes in autism
Irish Times
They looked at DNA methylation at over 27,000 sites across the genome using samples taken from 50 identical twin pairs. Of the 50 pairs, 34 had one twin with autism and one without, five had both twins with autism, and 11 pairs were healthy controls ...

Formerly conjoined twins from Virginia in stable condition after surgical ...
Washington Post
RICHMOND, Va. — Six-month-old conjoined twins from Franklin are reported in stable condition after a 14-hour operation to surgically separate them. Officials at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU said Tuesday the surgery also included the division ...

Birthing big babies a record-setting achievement for NC woman
Spartanburg Herald Journal
And Hayden Robert Clemmer arrived last at 7 pounds, 7.7 ounces. The triplets had a combined weight of 20 pounds, 5.12 ounces, the heaviest at birth registered with Guinness Book. The unusual record is fun for bragging rights, but it wasn't easily ...

Paralyzed man conceives twins after revolutionary sperm extraction operation
Daily Mail
A paraplegic man has conceived twins thanks to a sperm extraction procedure, after giving up all hope of ever fathering children. Raul Rodriguez, 34, of Camarillo, California, injured his spine in a car accident in 1997. This led to paralysis in his ...

Oops! Babies: Woman Pregnant With Triplets Six Weeks After Starting Relationship
Huffington Post
Redd asked Esther how she initially reacted to learning that she was pregnant with triplets. "I guess you would maybe think your first thought would be, kind of horror, because you're not planning on getting pregnant and now you have three," she said.

Triplets celebrate 90th
Gisborne Herald
It's fair to say that Tim, Rodney and Henry Mossman are pretty competitive with each other — something which family say comes with the territory for the identical triplets who were three of 11 children growing up. The trio celebrated their 90th ...

Revealed: The Indian village with just 6000 inhabitants... but over 100 pairs ...
Daily Mail
Mohammed Asif, whose twin brother Karim lives in the national capital New Delhi, said: 'The population of Mohammedpur Uamari is 6,000 but there is neither a hospital nor a school. 'Those few people who have land in the village stay back, but a majority ...

Triplets celebrate 90th birthday
New Zealand Herald
Each has his own answer to longevity, but it's likely the Mossman triplets have all reached 90 because they're so competitive none wants to be the first to die. It's fair to say that Tim, Rodney and Henry Mossman are pretty competitive with each other ...

Data Reported Comparable Multiple Pregnancy Rates Among Patients Treated ...
Fort Mills Times
The data reported the mean number of embryos transferred and demonstrated comparable multiple pregnancy rates (twins or triplets) and multiple live births for each treatment. “This data analysis provides further evidence that Milprosa™ is comparable ...

Identical twin phenomena puts Mohammedpur Umri village on world map
Newstrack India
Allahabad, April 16 (ANI): The village of Mohammedpur Umri in Uttar Pradesh has an extraordinary record to its credit-a large number of identical twins born in one location. A father of twin sons, Mohammad Mustafa spoke about the unique phenomenon.

Boy triplets a sensation at top Cuba ballet school
New York Daily News
HAVANA (AP) — Visitors to the elite feeder school for Cuba's renowned National Ballet might be forgiven for thinking they're suddenly seeing triple. Identical triplets Angel, Cesar and Marcos Ramirez wear matching black leotards and white socks as ...

'Shock of my life' - triplets make it seven for single mum
This is Local London
Jackie Payne with her triplets Layla-May, Angel and Kristel and her other four children Shanice, 13, Kray, six, Tyler, eight, and Kian, three. A single mum-of-four could not believe her eyes when her pregnancy scan showed not one but three babies.

Thatcher's children: a tale of twins with mixed blessings
The Guardian
Carol was very much the twin less favoured by her mother, something she has regularly explored in her own writing. She was notably more academically gifted than Mark, attending University College London before spending some time as a newspaper and ...

Parents of Doha triplets expecting twins
New Zealand Herald
A New Zealand couple who lost their 2-year-old triplets in a fire in a Doha mall nearly a year ago have announced they are expecting twins. Martin and Jane Weekes' triplets Lillie, Jackson and Willsher died, along with 10 other children and six adults ...

Peruvian conjoined twins 'could be separated' – video
The Guardian
Doctors in Peru are hopeful conjoined twin girls who share a liver can be separated. Forty per cent of conjoined twins are stillborn or die at birth, and a further third die within 24 hours. But surgeons say this pair's healthy weight makes survival ...

Twins, one healthy, one with Down's, share bond which shapes their lives for ...
Scotsman
But while juggling the mayhem of twins might spell double trouble for many – even without the added pressure of caring for a disabled child – according to parents Tracii and Neil Smith, their exceptional toddlers have developed an amazing bond, and it ...