Video: 5 most amazing twin stories
On July 9, 2002, black twins were born to a white couple in an English IVF clinic. This is an unprecedented medical error: the laboratory staff mixed up the tubes. Read the details and other amazing twins and twins stories.
White couple have black twins
In 2002, black twins were born to a white married couple from the UK. This is due to the negligence of the doctors of the clinic, where the couple underwent an in vitro fertilization session. During this process, a woman's egg is fertilized with her husband's sperm in the laboratory, after which the resulting embryo is transferred into the uterine cavity, and the woman bears it, as is the case with normal conception.
It is assumed that at one of the stages of IVF, a gross mistake occurred: either during the fertilization of the egg, the sperm of an unknown black donor was accidentally used, or the egg itself belonged to a dark-skinned unknown woman. Perhaps both happened. And this is despite an almost flawless tracking system developed in England to provide "exemplary standards of safety in storage and handling of germ cells"! Officials shrug their shoulders, saying: "The chance that such a situation will occur is one in a million!" The question of who the real parents of the twins are and who are considered parents is still open.
In vitro fertilization is used annually in the UK by about 27 thousand couples.
In foggy Albion, such an incident occurred for the first time. More dramatic events happened a little earlier on the other side of the ocean, in the United States. Donna Fasano, a fair-skinned American woman from New York, got pregnant with IVF and gave birth to twins, one turned out to be white and the other black, as her husband's sperm was mistakenly mixed with the sperm of a black man. A dark-skinned donor filed a lawsuit against her, claiming his right to one of the children born. The court made a "Solomon decision": the baby with dark skin was given to the family of the biological father, leaving the light-skinned baby to the mother. Over time, Donna was forbidden by the court to communicate with her black son.
In Holland, a similar dramatic story ended more optimistically: White woman Wilma Stewart gave birth to black twins in 1993. It turned out that the sperm of her European husband was mixed with the sperm of a black man from the Antilles. The court was on her side and confirmed her maternal rights to newborns.
Twins behave the same even if they don't know each other
Twins Jim Springer and Jim Lewis, after being born in 1940, were put into different foster families. They met only 39 years later. It turned out that the twin brothers in their lives repeatedly had amazing coincidences. Parents in both families gave the boys the same name - Jim.
Both were married twice - the first time to women named Linda, in the second marriage their wives were named Betty. Both in childhood had favorite dogs, which they gave the same nickname - Toy. Their own sons' names are almost identical: James Alan and James Allen. Both worked as sheriffs, preferred cigarettes and beer of the same brands, and even the model and brand of their favorite cars ended up in the twins of the same company.
They had a similar manner of speaking, and even had the same oddities.
Twins Oscar Shtohr and Jack Yuf were also separated shortly after birth in the early 1930s. Curtain grew up in a Catholic German family, from childhood sympathized with the authorities and, when the time came, did not hesitate to join the ranks of the Nazi youth movement Hitler Youth. Yufa was raised by an adoptive family in the traditions of Judaism, as a Jewish boy, over time he moved to Israel for permanent residence.
The "Jew" and the Nazi met for the first time when they were about 50 years old. They had a similar manner of speaking, they liked the same food, and even had the same oddities: they liked to wear rubber bands on their wrists and … flush the toilet before using it for its intended purpose. According to experts, there are no anomalies in this: since the brothers are genetically identical, they react in the same way to situations that arise. The fact that one considered himself a Jew all his life, and the other was a fan of Hitler, from the point of view of genetics, does not make them any different.
Twins married twins
In literature and cinema, the tricks of the twins are one of the most win-win plots: let us recall, for example, "The Prince and the Pauper" by Mark Twain, the Indian "Zita and Gita" or the constant adventures of the Olsen twins in the same type of Hollywood comedies that sore teeth. But life, as usual, surpasses the most daring fictional fiction.
In the United States, in the state of Ohio, in the city of Twinsburg, whose name can be translated as "City of Twins", an annual festival of twins is held, which attracts twins and twins from all over the country. It was here that Craig Sanders was struck in the heart when he met two sisters like two peas in a bar - Diana and Darlene Nettemayer. Realizing that he had absolutely no chance to cope with two at the same time, he did not hesitate to rush for support to his twin brother Mark, and soon the company got along well with each other!
The couples started dating. Another "double date" took place in a casino and brought incredible luck to two couples: they won several thousand dollars each and decided that this was a sign from above. Therefore, without hesitation, they got engaged.
The wedding ceremony was held simultaneously for two couples in absolutely identical outfits of the bride and groom. The newlyweds bought houses in the neighborhood and decided not to separate them with a fence.
Diana and Craig had twin boys, while in the family of Mark and Darlene girls appeared - not twins, and then another child, which finally destroyed such a perfect symmetry.
Now this “fantastic four” and their children love to participate in contests held on Twin's Day, and they bring a lot of confusion to the lives of their neighbors.
Twins: one black, the other white
In July 2005, twins were born: a dark-skinned Leo with brown eyes and his blue-eyed fair-skinned brother Ryan. Their mother is a black-skinned Ghanaian, while their father is a light-skinned European from Germany.
Such cases are not isolated: in the same year, another interracial couple had two girls with different skin colors, and a year later, a mulatto named Kerry Richardson gave birth to light-skinned twins. As they grew older, the skin of one of the children became darker, while the other, on the contrary, lightened.
Twins give birth to twins
Andrea Springer and Ashley Spinks are twin sisters. At the age of 21, they simultaneously discovered that they were pregnant, while not only the timing of conception coincided, but also the gender of their future twin children. In some incomprehensible way, the pregnancy of young women could not be diagnosed until six months. Both pairs of twins were born on the same day, December 14, two weeks ahead of the predicted date. Women claim they did nothing to induce preterm labor. That is, they did not deliberately try to give birth at the same time.