Rare mono mono twins delivered for the second time in a week at Akron General Medical Center

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.

Another set of mono mono twins born last week at the same hospital grasped hands as soon as they were born, and a photo of the moment went viral online.

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.

Their parents, Sarah and Bill Thistlethwaite, were stunned by the attention.

"They became rock stars right away as soon as they came out," Sarah Thistlethwaite said.

The Thistlethwaite twins are expected to remain at Akron Children's Hospital for a few more weeks. Doctors said both babies are doing well.

Dr. John Stewart Jr., part of a team of doctors that delivered Arnold's babies, said having two sets of mono mono twins born within a week of each other has been a great experience.

"Strange occurrences occur in strange manners, so it's one of those frequency things. It just kind of happens and you just have to kind of roll with it a little bit," Stewart said.

Dr. Mohammed Elkhwhad, a neonatologist from Akron Children's Hospital, monitored the twins shortly after their births.

The twins will likely be in the hospital for several weeks. The news parents can't wait to take them home.

"I'm pretty sure it's (life) going to change a lot after tonight. I'm definitely sure of that," Arnold said.

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