US twin baby sisters born holding hands
A pair of US twin sisters who were born holding hands were breathing on their own after being removed from a ventilator, their mother has said. Jillian and Jenna Thistlethwaite shared an amniotic sac and placenta, a rare condition known as monoamniotic birth. "They’re already best friends," said their mother, Sarah Thistlethwaite.
They were born on Friday in the US state of Ohio, grasping each other’s hands when doctors lifted them up for their parents to see after delivery. Monoamniotic birth occurs in only one in 10,000 pregnancies. Ms Thistlethwaite, 32, was monitored for weeks at Akron General Medical Center in Akron, as monoamniotic twins are at risk from becoming entangled in each other’s umbilical cords.
She told the Akron Beacon Journal newspaper that holding her children was "the best Mother’s Day present ever". "I can’t believe they were holding hands," she said. "That’s amazing."
twin – iker
holding hands – kézenfogva
to breathe – lélegezni
on one’s own – egyedül
ventilator – lélegeztetőgép
amniotic sac – magzatburok
placenta – méhlepény
delivery – szülés
to occur – előfordulni
pregnancy – terhesség
to be monitored – megfigyelés alatt lenni
to be at risk – veszélynek van kitéve
entangled – belegabalyodott
umbilical cord – köldökzsinór
Fill in the gaps with the words from the table. There is one extra.
to be monitored
to hold hands
1. I didn’t know you had a ……………….. sister!
2. My cousin is not doing very well. This has been a difficult ……………….. .
3. Internet use ……………….. day and night in our office.
4. Timmy refused to ……………….. with his little sister.
5. Nobody knows why so many accidents ……………….. in our neighbourhood.
answers: 1-twin 2-pregnancy 3-is monitored 4-hold hands 5-occur