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Mother Gives Birth to Twins with Two Different Dads

A Texas woman has reportedly given birth to twins by two different fathers. This phenomenon, while extremely rare, is by no means impossible. According to MSNBC:

Every month a woman's ovary releases one egg that can be fertilized by one sperm. But in this case, a pair of eggs emerged.

Sperm, meanwhile, can remain alive and well and viable for up to five days in the reproductive tract. Thus a woman can have sex with different men within those five days and the sperm “just kind of hang out there waiting for the egg to be released,” Dr. Hilda Hutcherson, Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University, told Meredith Vieira on TODAY.

Mia Washington, the mother of young Justin and Jordan, recently spoke to NBC. "Both of them have similar appetites” she said of her sons, now almost a year old. “They like to play with their older brothers. They like to play with each other.”

The controversy began when Washington’s partner, 44-year-old James Harrison, noticed that the boys looked very different. A paternity test followed and Harrison learned that Justin was not his son. "I was hurt, torn apart — didn't know what the next move was gonna be," he said in a taped NBC News segment.

Still, Harrison went on to say that "I raised him [Justin] from a baby all the way to now. He knows me as his father, and I know him as my son.”


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