Most first-time parents don't expect to have twins, never mind ones that end up capturing national attention.
“He almost fainted,” Jessica Garcia recalls of how her partner, Keith Hawkins, reacted when they learned they were going to have twin baby girls, KJCT reports. “We were just staring at the screen and we were like, 'there are two heads in there!'"
“It’s two,” Hawkins later chimed in. “So yeah, it’s extra, extra special.”
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What's more, the Colorado couple's babies weren't just going to be born at the same time, they were going to be identical twins.
But nothing could prepare these two excited parents-to-be for what they learned next.
Babies Tatiana and Trinity, doctors later realized, were going to be rare Monochorionic-monoamniotic -- also known as “mono mono” -- twins.
Unlike other twin fetuses who usually develop in their own embryos, Tatiana and Trinity were sharing the same amniotic sac and placenta.
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This happens in only 1 out of every 10,000 pregnancies.
But instead of delighting the excited parents even further, they were immediately concerned.
"The umbilical cord while she’s sleeping is right in front of her face,” Garcia said.
Being that close is dangerous, increasing the likelihood the twins could die.
“There is an increased risk of cord entanglement,” said Peter Genaris, an OB hospitalist with St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colorado. “So the babies have a high chance of getting tangled in each other’s cords."
“It’s out of my control so that's something that scared me a lot,” Garcia explained.
Mixed in with the anxiety, the excitement over giving birth for the first time is what's keeping the couples' spirits up.
“I’m excited to have both of them walking around and just seeing them grow,” Hawkins said.
And perhaps the parents should remain hopeful. After all, there are many other mono-mono twins who end up just fine, the Daily Mail reports.
Sarah Thistlewaite spent 56 days in the hospital while pregnant with her mono mono twins, Ohio sisters Jenna and Jillian Thistlewaite.
"I had a lot of anxiety at the beginning, especially, when I found out they were mono mono twins -- just whether or not they were going to survive," recalls Sarah.
Despite the struggle, the babies were safely delivered.