ORRVILLE, Ohio - They came into the world holding hands and stories about them went worldwide as a result.
Now, Jenna and Jillian Thistlethwaite—the famous “mono mono twins”—are together at home, one month after their dramatic delivery. They were released Saturday from Akron Children's Hospital.
They were born a few days before Mother's Day and now their parents, Sarah and Bill, are overjoyed to see their precious daughters resting in their nursery on the second floor of their Orrville home.
Sarah said both babies are doing great, gaining weight, and still enjoy snuggling with each other.
"Even today, when we were at the doctor, they were laying beside each other and they started to grab each other's hands. I was like, 'Oh my gosh, they're holding hands again,'" Sarah said Monday afternoon.
Sarah, an eighth grade school teacher, said she can tell her babies apart because Jillian has a small birthmark on an eyelid. Also, Jillian's toenails are painted pink and Jenna's toenails are purple.
The identical twins were born on May 9. Moments after doctors held them up, the sisters reached for each other's hands and their fingers clasped.
NewsChannel5 posted one of the hand-holding pictures on the WEWS Facebook and the post was viewed by an astounding 27 million people.
The story was picked up by international publications and the Thistlethwaite family has been featured on national broadcasts broadcasts, including over the weekend on World News Tonight on ABC.
Even Saturday Night Live grabbed onto the story during the Weekend Update segment.
A comedian said, "A woman in Ohio gave birth to twins who were removed from the womb holding hands. Like cowards."
Pampers was touched by the photographs and gave the family a lifetime supply of diapers and wipes.
Sarah said she continues to receive congratulatory calls from mono mono moms across the globe, including women from Great Britain and Greenland.
She's amazed by the amount of interest in the story and is keeping a scrapbook so her daughters can one day understand their celebrity-like status.
"We'll just tell them that moment just grabbed so many people and touched so many people's lives, so I feel like they have a lot to live up to," Sarah said.
The family also has a 16-month-old son, Jaxon, and everyone is trying to get used to a new routine at home while also trying to find time to rest.
"Even if the coverage doesn't die down, I don't know how much sleep I'll be getting," Sarah joked.