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In this May 9 photo, Sarah Thistlethwaite holds Jenna and Jillian. (Akron Beacon Journal | Ed Suba Jr.)

Twins born holding hands are home for Father’s Day

ORRVILLE, Ohio – A set of rare “mono mono” twins born holding hands are home in time for Father’s Day.

Jenna and Jillian Thistlethwaite were born May 9 sharing an amniotic sac and placenta at Akron General Medical Center in northwest Ohio.

After spending nearly a month in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, the Akron Beacon Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1uFm7u6) that the identical twins went home in Orrville in northeast Ohio on Saturday.

Their father, Bill Thistlethwaite, says he’s excited to have the girls at home with him, his wife and their 15-month-old son, Jaxon.

The twins’ rare birth condition is called monoamnioitic, or “mono mono.” Doctors say they occur in about one of every 10,000 pregnancies.

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