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HEALTH: Monoamniotic Twins to be born at Sacred Heart Hospital

A Crestview mother is on bed-rest at Sacred Heart Hospital awaiting the birth of a rare set of twins.

You may remember the set of Ohio twins born earlier this spring.
They became an internet sensation after a picture of them holding hands was posted just moments after they were born.
   
They were "Mono-Mono" Twins  Such sets occur in just one percent of twin pregnancies.
Channel Three's Kathryn Daniel takes us to meet a local  family expecting their own pair.

A dramatic reaction to stunning news.
"I fainted.  My husband said no, that's not right.  She had to count it out for us."

Expecting twins is startling enough -- Lindsey Brooks and her husband Brandon learned at that same appointment that their girls are Monoamniotic twins.

"When sperm met egg, we had the division occur between and eight days and 13 days, after fertilization.  So we end up with one Amniotic Sac and both babies in the same swimming pool."

Which only happens once in every 60,000 pregnancies.
"Not genetic, occurrence of nature which is a statistical phenomena, does not recur."

Maternal Fetal Specialist Doctor James Thorp says Brooks is monitored three times a day for about an hour.

He's watching for heart beat, growth, blood flow and fetal movement.
"The baby's getting intertwined, the cords getting tangled."

The twins are at 25 weeks gestation and are growing at exactly the same weight, which is great news.

Brooks says they are future soccer stars or Ninjas.
"Hannah here is always beating her sister up and poor Savannah is trying to get away.. That's why she runs everywhere."

The high school sweethearts have two other children and had not planned to add to their family,

In fact, the couple learned they were expecting during a pre-op appointment for a planned Tubal Ligation surgery.

Complete shock has turned to joy -- Doctor Thorp says Brooks' positive and upbeat attitude is helping her have a so-far healthy, albeit  unusual pregnancy.

"Y try to be, what's the point of being depressed.  This is not a sad moment, it's a stressful moment, but if you're depressed all the time you can't enjoy how rare this really is."

Brooks will be in the hospital until she delivers the twins.
Her team of doctors hope that is for at least another seven weeks.