Monday, July 9, 2012

Twins born in different countries - Monozygotic


At Wimbledon, it was Roger Federer all the way – winning the title and  becoming No. 1 in rating……… alongside his supporters were Mirka (Miroslava Vavrinec), Myla Rose and sister Charlene Riva.

Sure you know the Zodiac sign Gemini  - mythologically considered twins. A twin is one of two offspring produced in the same pregnancy. Twins can either be monozygotic ("identical"), meaning that they develop from one zygote that splits and forms two embryos, or dizygotic ("fraternal") because they develop from two separate eggs that are fertilized by two separate sperm. Can you easily identify the identical looking twins that you know ?

There are so many stories and myths associated with ‘twins’ – strangely, many Cinemas would show that the twins would react for the other – i.e., when villain hits one, the pain would be felt by the other remaining elsewhere !!  - there are many comedy scenes depicted as arising out of the mistaken identity of the twins……. ‘Apoorva Sahodarargal’ the Kamal starrer was the story of twins – one normal and one dwarf; Jeans was another;  the Shankar Science fiction written by legendary Sujata - Enthiran [Robot] directed by Shankar featured Rajinikanth in dual roles as a scientist and an android robot.    In one of the scenes, Aishwarya Rai would be preparing for her examination in Medical science and Chitti would revise the minutest details astonishingly.  -  that was about monozygotic twins.  

Twins, may not look alike; may not be born at the same time; there can be difference in time.  I had earlier posted of a woman giving birth to two babies on the same day but they were NOT TWINS !!!!  That was a real life incident of Julia Grovenburg and her husband Todd that occurred in UK  and was eventually identified as 'superfetation', meaning two babies are conceived at different times, born on the same day yet.    Mrs Grovenburg gave birth by Caesarean section to two healthy non-twin babies, Jillian and Hudson, on December 2, 2010 – it was not all that simple.   Superfetation is claimed to be common in some species of animals, but is extremely rare in humans.  Read about that : http://sampspeak.blogspot.in/2011/07/what-is-zygotic-born-on-same-day-to-one.html

Truth is stranger than fiction and here is another one – twins born in different countries !! yes one in England and other in Scotland.  Twin babies Dylan and Hannah Fox will grow up together, sharing a special bond as well as the same birthday.  But the one thing they won’t have in common is a nationality.

Northumberland is the northernmost ceremonial county and a unitary district in North East England. It borders Cumbria, Durham, Tyne and  the Scottish Borders council.  Being on the border of England and Scotland, Northumberland has been the site of a number of battles. The county is noted for its undeveloped landscape of high moorland, a favourite with landscape painters, and now largely protected as a National Park.

        Mother Donna Keenan, 28,  went into labour while watching Italy play Spain in the Euro 2012 final with her partner and his parents at their home in the Northumberland market town of Wooler. She  started having contractions in Northumberland and gave birth to son Dylan in the living room of his grandparents’ house; later she was then taken to hospital in Scotland and gave birth to daughter Hannah. It all happened so fast that the paramedics had to deliver her first baby on the living room floor. Because the twins were premature, she had to be taken to hospital – in the over the border in Scotland. Hannah arrived an hour and forty minutes after her brother, but in a different country.  Dylan Joseph Fox was born safely at around 10pm, weighing 5lb 13oz, but because the twins were so premature the medics were worried. Both babies and their mother are in the special care baby unit of the Borders hospital and reportedly would  be transferred closer to Northumberland, to Berwick Infirmary, before being allowed home as a family.


Miroslava "Mirka" Federer (born Miroslava Vavrinec) is a former professional tennis player from Switzerland. She reached her career-high WTA singles ranking of no. 76 on 10 September 2001 and a doubles ranking of no. 215 on 24 August 1998. She is the wife of Roger Federer, having first met him at the 2000 Summer Olympics.   Mirka and their daughters Myla Rose and Charlene Riva dressed in matching outfits, were at Wimbledon cheering for Federer.  Myla and Charlne are twins

With regards – S. Sampathkumar.
News Source : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ [photos also from the same source]
9th July 2012.

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