Two North Carolina brothers captured national attention after their wives gave birth to babies on the same day and at the same time.
Matt’s wife, Brooke Thayer, and his brother Steve’s wife, Fawn Thayer, gave birth to a girl, Cassidy, and a boy, Benjamin, respectively at 6:53 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, WRAL reports.
The babies were born in different hospitals, with their parents living about 80 miles apart from each other, near Fayetteville, North Carolina.
"It says, ‘OK, she's here,'" said Steve Thayer Sr., the babies' grandfather, as he described the texts he received during the births. "Then I get another text, and I look at the new text, and it is a baby naked. I looked down and went, wait a minute, that's a boy."
Hospital staff at both centers said they were shocked by the coincidence.
"When we were talking about it the nurses were like, 'Oh my gosh!'" said Matt Thayer. "One nurse, who had been working for 40 years, said she had never heard of it."
"It is brotherly competition," joked Steve. "I think it was a race to see who could come in first, and it ended in a tie."
It’s not the first time siblings have given birth to children on the same day, the Daily Mail reports.
In 2015, a pair of twin brothers -- Gareth and Stefan Kershaw -- both had children born on Oct. 13, even though one lives in Australia and the other twin lives in the U.K. Daily Mail notes there is a 1 in 150,000 chance of twins welcoming babies on the same day.
“Gareth and I have been really close growing up," Stefan, 33, said. "And even though he lives in Australia, we are still really close and keep in touch all the time. When we knew that both our wives had given birth on the same day, we couldn't believe it. All the family were flabbergasted. For our wives to give birth on the same day, even though we are on the other side of the world to each other really is incredible.”
He added: “When we were given due dates of just three days apart, that was shocking enough. We never imagined that they would actually be born on the same day.”