Conjoined twins update
The Bangladeshi mother of recently separated conjoined twins, Trishna and Krishna, will be flying to Australia to see her children. The date of travel is not yet known, but arrangements are underway.
Mrs. Lovely Mollick, the twins’ birth mother, placed the girls in an orphanage in Dhaka, Bangladesh because she couldn’t afford to take care of them. The girls were later put up for adoption.
The twins were born in 2006, separated in a marathon operation at Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, Australia, in November 2009, and currently live in Australia with their legal guardian.
Mrs. Mollick stated that she wants to talk with her daughters and to hold them in “my lap just for a moment”.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (formerly Parker-Bowles) becomes a grandmother to twins
According to Prince Charles’ office, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has become a grandmother for the third-and-fourth time. Her daughter, Laura Lopes, recently gave birth to twin boys, Louis and Gus, in a London hospital.
Camilla already has two grandchildren. Lopes also has a 23-month-old daughter with husband Harry, and Camilla’s son Tom Parker Bowles has a 2-year-old daughter with his wife Sara.
United Kingdom widow delivers twins two years after her husband’s death
Kelly Bowen, of Caerau, Bridgend county in the United Kingdom recently delivered boy/girl twins nearly two years after the death of her husband from Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer found in male teens. Ms. Bowen’s twins, Ruby Grace and Chaise Gavin were conceived using Gavin’s frozen sperm. The twins were born at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend New Year’s Eve weighing 5lbs. 12oz. and 7lbs. 12.5oz respectively.
The Bowens also had a son Shay through IVF in October 2007. The Bowens had to freeze Gavin’s sperm because of the chemotherapy. Gavin died in April 2008 at age 22. Ms. Gavin had endured two unsuccessful rounds of IVF prior to conceiving the twins on the third and final round.
United Kingdom twins turn 102
In other news from the United Kingdom, Britain’s oldest twins celebrated their 102nd birthday on New Year’s Day.
Betty Richards and Jenny Pelmore were born on January 1, 1908 when King Edward VII was on the throne. According to the Daily Express, the twins’ doctor arrived on horseback to deliver them!
The twins, who are both widowed and live near each other in Cornwall, say they don’t think about their age much. According to Jenny, the secret to longevity is, “Having a busy life and not sitting still for too long is the key. The secret is to keep smiling and keep going.”
One of oldest United Kingdom triplets dies
One of the oldest triplets in the United Kingdom recently died from cancer just weeks before his 82nd birthday.
Morgan Llewellyn was the youngest of the Llewellyn triplet trio. He and brothers Ivor and Idwal held the title of the oldest surviving triplets for over a year.
The triplets’ mother had no idea she was expecting triplets prior to their arrival on January 21, 1928. As is the case still sometimes today, the boys were made to sit apart in school so their teacher didn’t get them confused.
Germany may give visas for surrogacy twins
The citizenship of German twins, Leonad and Nicolas, born to an Indian surrogate mother is still up in the air. The German government is considering issuing visas to the twins if approached by the Indian government.
Germany does not recognize surrogacy as a means of parenthood and so far has refused visas to the two children. The German government is proceeding cautiously because they don’t want to set a precedent.
The final decision regarding the twins’ legal citizenship rests with India’s Supreme Court. The government is seeking more time to make up its mind. If no decision is made on the twins’ legal status, Leonad and Nicolas could end up being stateless citizens.
Another surrogacy story
According to a New York Times report by Stephanie Saul, a New Jersey judge has ruled that a gestational surrogate who gave birth to twin girls is their legal mother.
The ruling gives the surrogate, Angelia G. Robinson, the right to seek primary custody of the children. Ms. Robinson agreed to carry the baby(ies) in an arrangement with her brother, Donald Robinson Hollingsworth, and his male spouse, Sean Hollingsworth. In March 2007, she filed a lawsuit alleging she had been coerced in the arrangement. Ms. Robinson is not genetically related to the twin girls as the embryos were created from anonymous donor eggs and Mr. Hollingsworth’s sperm.
The judge who ruled in Ms. Robinson’s case relied heavily on the precedent established in the 1988 surrogacy case of Baby M. There have been occurrences in other states of surrogates obtaining legal custody of the children they carried, but courts in several other states have also upheld the rights of the people who contracted with surrogates.
The twin girls were born in October 2006 and initially went to live with the Hollingsworths, but since 2007 they’ve spent time between the Hollingsworth’s home and Ms. Robinson’s home. The custody trial is set for spring.
Illinois family has three children that share the same birthday—but the children aren’t triplets
Imagine playing the lottery where the odds are 7.5 in a million, and winning! That’s exactly what happened to Alex and Patricia Pissios when their son William (due date 1/1/10) was born December 30, 2009—the same birth date of his siblings Spiros (six), and Georgia (five)! William’s 2-year-old sister, Olympia, celebrates her October 11th birthday alone. What an amazingly lucky family!
Boom of twins and triplets in Bulgaria in 2009
Speaking of amazing, a maternity hospital in Bulgaria delivered 140 sets of twins and thirteen sets of triplets in 2009. In 2008, they delivered ninety-five sets of twins, and eight sets of triplets. What’s in the water in Bulgaria? The hospital staff isn’t certain but they have decided to stick to bottled water!
Five sets of twins born at hospital in Maryland over two days
Hospital staff at Frederick Memorial Hospital, Maryland, are also wondering what’s in the water. The hospital recently delivered five sets of multiples (all twins) over a 36-hour period. Some of the babies were conceived naturally while others were conceived through IVF.
After the deliveries, the hospital’s communications and marketing specialist utilized the online messaging service Twitter to rapidly relay the information to local area newspapers and television stations.
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