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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Twins with different fathers

I had a huge argument with a good friend of mine in February this year, when he suggested that it was possible for a woman to have twins by different fathers. This argument went on for a long time until he decided to show me proof. He went online,did some researches and showed me some articles but I still refused to believe him, I told him it was IMPOSSIBLE for that to happen until I saw and read this article. Is this amazing or is this some bullshit story? lol.(Sorry, had to say that cos I am still baffled by the possibility).

Twins Justin and Jordan turned out to be half-brothers

A mother of twins has had a shock after doctors revealed that her 11-month-old boys do not have the same father.
Mia Washington decided to get some expert advice when she and her partner noticed that twins Justin and Jordan had different facial features.
Paternity tests then revealed what had happened - two eggs had been fertilised by two different sperm and there was a 99.99% chance the twins had different dads.
Doctors at the DNA lab in Dallas, Texas had never seen such a result.
Mia later admitted she had had an affair and got pregnant by two different men at the same time.
She told TV channel Fox 4: "Out of all people in America and of all people in the world, it had to happen to me. I'm very shocked."

Mum Mia shocked by discovery
Clear Diagnostics president Genny Thibodeaux said: "It is very crazy. Most people don't believe it can happen, but it can."
Sky's health correspondent Thomas Moore explains: "A woman can release two eggs from her ovaries, and the eggs will remain viable for 24 hours after ovulation.
"Sperm can survive up to five days inside a woman's body, so a woman could sleep with different men several days apart, and get pregnant not once, but twice."
And while it sounds rare, recent research indicates that one in 12 non-identical twins are so-called bi-paternal, with a rise in fertility treatment and changing sexual behaviour being blamed.
Mia's partner James Harrison is father to one of the boys.
He told Fox 4 that he had forgiven his fiancee for having the affair and intended to raise both children as his own.
However, he admitted it had been tough discovering the truth.
"It's a day by day thing. It's going to take time to build the trust like we had," he said.
The couple plan to tell the twins they are half-brothers when they are old enough to understand.


Anonymous said...

THIS STORY IS BULLSHIT. Lets go back to high school biology. Twins are a result in the egg splitting AFTER insemination in the womans utereus. If this :heteropaternal superfecundation" is a real occurence, it would result in siblings but not twins, identical or otherwise. THE PHANTOM

Simon said...

In the mid-late 70's a white woman gave birth to a set of twins, one was white, the other was black. Her husband was baffled because he was white as well, and there was no history of black in either family. The woman after seeing the other child, confessed to her husband that she had been conducting an affair with a black guy but never knew she had been made pregnant by both of men.

This case is VERY rare, but it happens, hence it is not bullshit.

Vera Ikeji said...

@ The Phantom: I found it hard to believe when I heard it the first few times, but a few people have confirmed the possibility as well. I am not a medical doctor so...I dont really know for sure.

@ Simon: U are one of the very few people who know this could happen, I appreciate ur contribution. Thank you.