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Video Captures Rare Case Of Twins Fighting In The Womb

mason.zimmer 15 Apr 2019

Although many of us might know a pair of identical twins, it's still pretty uncommon for them to show up on an ultrasound. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, these kinds of twins occur in only three or four of every 1,000 births.

Of course, given that over 300 million people live in this country, your chances of running into an identical twin are a whole lot better than winning the lottery.

When another rare circumstance surrounds the birth of those twins, the probability of the kind of birth we'll discuss today becomes mind-boggling.

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You know those people who defy every statistic? The ones who are twins, give birth to twins, win the lottery, then survive getting struck by lightening? Weirdly, we all know a person like that, though maybe not to that extent.

Only by incredibly remote odds would the oddly humorous scene in the full video unfold.

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For the most part, twins seem to stay out of each other's way when we see them in ultrasounds.

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But two twin sisters in Yinchuan, China shared a much closer relationship before they were even born.

Unfortunately, it wasn't always on the friendliest of terms.

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Four months into their mother's pregnancy, the twins were shown apparently fighting in an ultrasound.

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As The Daily Mail reported, the twins kick out at each other between sessions of grappling and punching.

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The footage was filmed by their 28-year-old father, who goes by Mr. Tao, and was posted to the video app Douyin.

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We know this app as TikTok and Tao thought it was amusing enough to see his unborn daughters boxing that the world might get kick out of it. Apparently, he was right, as the clip quickly went viral.

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As funny as the footage is, it doesn't show the extent of the twins' relationship.

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While his wife was undergoing some amniotic fluid testing, Tao said the twins were hugging.

As he said, "We were so touched. The babies were so small and they knew how to look after each other. I believe they will live with each other in harmony when they grow up."

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Even if you're a twin, it's not likely you engaged in this kind of behavior in the womb.

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And it's not necessarily because you were any better or worse behaved, either. It's just that, unlike these two, you probably didn't have to share an amniotic sac with your twin.

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However, the situation could've potentially been a lot worse.

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This situation is so rare medically because normally, this would result in Vanishing Twin Syndrome, in which one twin absorbs the fetal tissue of the other in the womb.

Lucky for these girls, mild fighting seems to be the extent to their brawl.

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Not only did the pair in the video share this sac, but they also shared placenta.

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According to The Daily Mail, this makes them monochorionic monoamniotic twins, or Mo-Mo twins. These kinds of twins only occur in, at best, 1 in 35,000 pregnancies.

And there's an unfortunate reason for that.

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As pregnancies go, Mo-Mo twins are about as high-risk as it gets.

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In fact, there's only a 50 % chance that the babies will survive after 26 weeks in the womb. This is largely because the twins' separate umbilical cords can get tangled, which leaves one or both of them without sufficient blood flow to survive.

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For a time, it seemed like this fate might befall the fighting twins.

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One of the twins' heart rates suddenly dropped, which was due to a tangle in a large portion of their umbilical cords.

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Emergency surgery took place at the General Hospital of Ningxia Medical University.

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To be the outlier of conception statistics is one thing, but to come out on the winning side of premature labor survival statistics? The twins didn't just need luck, they needed a miracle.

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Fortunately, the surgery was a success and the first pair of Mo-Mo twins that hospital had ever seen were born.

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They were born at 32 weeks on April 8 thanks to a caesarean section. The older one weighed in at four pounds and five ounces, while her younger sister was three pounds and nine ounces.

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Although their names were withheld, their parents have already nicknamed them "Strawberry" and "Cherry."

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That's because these are their mother's favorite fruits, so it's fitting metaphor for these lucky sisters.

After all, that sounded like one close call.

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Now that we know Strawberry and Cherry are safe and sound, it's a lot easier to enjoy this clip of them fighting.

Of course, this may not be so funny for their parents if they make a habit out of this kind of behavior.

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