Identical twin boys born in different decades
Leave it to twins to be the highlight of the news for the start of 2010. Identical twin boys in Tampa, Florida made a historical appearance on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The boys, Marcello and Stephano, were born ten weeks early with Marcello being delivered just before midnight and Stephano being delivered just after the new year began. The twins were delivered by cesarean section at Tampa General Hospital. The proud parents are Juan and Margarita Velasco.
Triplets earn Boy Scouts’ highest honor
Not to be out down by twins, 18-year-old identical triplets, Jake, Nathan, and Tyler Wilson of Yardley, Pennsylvania have achieved the Boy Scouts’ highest rank—Eagle scout. The boys’ father and older brother are also Eagle Scouts. The triplets became involved in scouting over a decade ago at their father’s encouragement, and grew to enjoy the experience over the years.
The boys were each required to complete a community service project prior to earning their Eagle rank. Tyler Wilson did some work in the cafeteria of an American Red Cross homeless shelter in Bristol Township, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania while his brother Nathan did some paining and landscaping at Bolton Mansion, a National Historic Landmark dating back to 1683. Jake Wilson constructed a playground in Penndel for nearby kids to use.
Quadruplets accepted to Yale
Quadruplets from Danbury, Connecticut hit the “quad-fecta” when they were all recently accepted to Yale University for the fall. According to the New York Times, “it’s the first time anyone can remember the school accepting quadruplets.” The family was quite surprised since, according to their mom, Martina Crouch, they had been told by a university representative that the school would probably not accept all four of her children. The quads, Kenneth, Martina, Carol, and Ray, are all high school standouts. The Danbury High School seniors have until May 1 to decide if they will attend the same college or not.
Triplet girl likely worlds’ smallest surviving newborn
According to an Associated Press article dated December 21, 2009, a Mobile, Alabama triplet is likely the world’s smallest surviving newborn. She and her sisters were born after 21 to 24 weeks of gestation. The triplet infant weighed one gram less than the previous record holder, a girl born in Illinois in 2004.
The infant, Oliviyanna Harbin-Page, was born to 16-year-old Jamesha Harbin on August 5, 2009, weighing just 9.1 ounces (the size of a soda can). Oliviyanna was smaller than her sisters, Oriyanna and Tayvanna, who are identical. Oriyanna and Tayvanna weighed 1 lb. 4 oz. and 1 lb. 5 oz and are now at home with their parents.
Now weighing 3 pounds 2 ounces, Oliviyanna Harbin-Page is expected to go home after more than four months in an incubator.
Identical twins celebrate their 100th birthday
Ann Primack and Charlotte Eisgrou weighed only 3.5 pounds each when they were prematurely born in 1909. The twins were kept in an oven to survive.
Besides surviving prematurity, the twins have lived through two world wars, and the Great Depression, and each have outlived their husbands.
The twins have had their fair share of minor squabbles over the years, but still have a very close and loving relationship. Charlotte lives independently in a condo in Daytona Beach, Florida, while her twin sister Ann lives with a caregiver in Tamarac, Florida.
Five siblings – three foster homes – one unique family bond
When 6-year-old Lucas, 4-year-old twins Antonio and Elena, and 2 ½-year-old twins Brenna and Christian went to live in foster homes, it was unlikely they would ever live together again as a family. Remarkably, the siblings will grow up together, even though they are being raised in separate households.
Lucas was adopted by one family, twins Antonio and Elena by another, and twins Brenna and Christian by another. However, the siblings’ new parents are all friends, and have promised their newly adopted children would be part of each other’s lives.
The children all were adopted on the same day making them officially part of their new families. The siblings’ families keep in touch with one another through Facebook, and exchanging pictures, as well as through regular visits.
Conjoined twins celebrate third birthday together but separate
Previously conjoined twins who were successfully separated during a marathon 30-hour surgery were released from Melbourne, Australia’s Royal Children’s Hospital on December 21, 2009. The twins had only been given a 25 percent chance of surviving the surgery without neurological damage.
The twins, Krishna and Trishna, began life in a Bangladesh orphanage. The pair recently celebrated their third birthday, and were discharged into the care of their legal guardian in Melbourne, Australia.
Australian identical twins achieve identical scores
Identical twin sisters Skye and Amy Loneragan of All Saints College, Bathurst, Australia, recently discovered they had received identical scores of 92.55 in the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).
The girls had also received close marks in their Higher School Certificate subjects but weren’t expecting to share identical scores on the ATAR.
Having a built-in study partner can certainly be beneficial!
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