AKRON, Ohio - For the second time in a week, a rare set of mono mono twins was delivered at Akron General Medical Center.
Amanda Arnold, 24, of Akron, gave birth to identical twin girls Thursday afternoon, naming them Janiya and Amaya. The babies weighed less than four pounds and will be transported to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Akron Children's Hospital.
Arnold and her boyfriend, James McCail, also have a 5-year-old son named James.
Arnold, who agreed to allow NewsChannel5 cameras into the delivery room, was overjoyed as doctors showed her the beautiful twins with dark black hair.
"I just got a glance. They were so little," she said with a big smile.
McCail was also excited and anxious to spend time with his daughters.
"It feels greats. I'm so happy right now. I just want to see my babies for the first time up close a little bit," McCail said.
Mono mono twins occur in one out out every 10,000 births. The babies share the same amniotic sac and placenta, a type of pregnancy considered high risk.
Arnold, who spent five weeks in the hospital, said fraternal twins run in her family so she wasn't stunned that she was having two babies. However, she had never heard of a mono mono twins until she learned she was carrying them.
"I'm like, 'What is that?' I didn't know there were different types," Arnold told NewsChannel5.
Last Friday, mono mono twin girls Jillian and Jenna Thistlethwaite grabbed international headlines when they held hands moments after they were delivered at AGMC.
Pictures of the precious hand-holding moment went viral. A Facebook post on the WEWS page was viewed by more than 27 million people and resulted in more than 11,000 comments. The story was featured on several national broadcasts and published in many U.S. and international newspapers and magazines.