Twins sometimes get tired of sharing a birthday with their brother every year, but that won’t be a problem for these newborns. The twins were not only born on different days, but in different years.
American mom Fatima Madrigal and dad Robert Trujillo saw their babies delivered on two different days, months and years while at the Christmas Medical Center in Salinas, California this New Years weekend, reveals a hospital press release.
The couple’s son, Alfredo, was born on New Year’s Eve at 11:45 p.m., while their daughter Aylin was born 15 minutes later, just after the clock ticked off New Year’s Day 2022.
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The baby’s doctor, Dr. Ana Abril Arias, described the delivery as “one of the most memorable of my career.” Fatima told the Navidad Medical Center how shocked she was by the experience.
“It’s crazy for me that they are twins and have different birthdays. I was surprised and happy that it arrived at midnight,” he said in a hospital news release.
The hospital tweeted about the special birth, celebrating the incredibly rare experience.
“At midnight, Natividad welcomed Aylin Yolanda Trujillo as the area’s first baby in 2022!” they wrote. “His twin, Alfredo Antonio Trujillo, was born 15 minutes earlier at 11:45 pm on Friday, December 31, which means his birthday falls on a different day, month and year, a 1 in 2 million chance!”
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Australia sees a “small” number of multiple births each year; this includes the births of twins, triplets, quadruplets, or more.
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The Institute reports that around two to three percent of all births from 2009 to 2019 were classified as multiple births.
That works out to around 9,285 to 8,915 births during the period.
While sharing care between twins can be difficult, for the parents, Fatima and Robert, probably the most useful part of this rare event will be the opportunity to celebrate their children’s birthdays on different days.
This will also be helpful when trying to differentiate siblings and encourage their growth as separate people. which can often be difficult with twins growing so close and often so similar.
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