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Mom gets to hold medically fragile newborns who shared amniotic sac and placenta

Sarah Thistlethwaite holds her twin daughters, Jenna and Jillian, after her delivery of the monoamniotic twin girls at Akron General Hospital in Akron, Ohio, on May 9, 2014. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal via AP)
Mom gets to hold newborns with medical condition on Mother’s Day

Twin girls born with a rare condition in Ohio were breathing on their own. Their mom said she and her husband were able to hold them on Mother’s Day.

Sarah Thistlethwaite said babies Jillian and Jenna were removed from ventilators Sunday after they were able to breathe comfortably. She told The Associated Press that she and her husband Bill both held them for a while.

“It’s just hard to put into words how amazing it feels to know the girls are OK,” she said. “It’s great to know that they’re doing so well, and being able to hold them.”

The identical twin girls shared an amniotic sac and placenta. Such births are called monoamniotic, or “mono mono,” and doctors say they occur in about one of every 10,000 pregnancies.

They were born Friday at Akron General Medical Center, grasping each other’s hands when doctors lifted them up for their parents to see after delivery.

Thistlethwaite told the Akron Beacon Journal that was “the best Mother’s Day present ever.”

“They’re already best friends,” said Thistlethwaite, 32. “I can’t believe they were holding hands. That’s amazing.”

Jenna was born first at 4 pounds, 2 ounces and 17 inches, with Jillian following 48 seconds later at 3 pounds, 13 ounces and 17.5 inches.

— Associated Press

Spring storm brings mix of rain and snow to the West

A powerful spring storm brought cold temperatures and a sloppy mix of rain and snow to parts of Colorado and Wyoming Sunday.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for most of northern Colorado and parts of southern Wyoming for all of Sunday and Monday morning.

Forecasters also were warning that strong thunderstorms and possibly tornadoes could develop in eastern Nebraska and Iowa Sunday afternoon. There was a moderate risk of severe weather in the area starting Sunday afternoon and continuing into Sunday night, the weather service said.

In Colorado, snow amounts could vary greatly, but up to 15 inches could fall at higher elevations and 4 to 9 inches could fall at lower elevations, including Denver and other cities along Colorado’s Front Range.

“If we see the total accumulations that we are anticipating from this storm, we are certainly going to see a top 10 May snow event for the Denver metro area,” said David Barjenbruch, a weather service meteorologist in Boulder.

Barjenbruch said a foot of snow had already fallen in the foothills of Larimer County northwest of Denver by Sunday morning, and workers along much of the Front Range can expect a “slushy, sloppy morning commute” Monday.

— Associated Press

Shoppers bolt mall after support frame crash sounds like gunshots

A crowd of frightened shoppers trying to exit a department store after smoke seeped in from a nearby car fire knocked over a metal support frame, leading to mistaken reports of gunshots and the evacuation of an upscale mall, authorities said Sunday.

The panic at the Garden State Plaza in Paramus began shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday, when a car caught fire in a parking lot.

As smoke from the blaze entered the store, employees told customers to evacuate. The crowd knocked over a large metal display stanchion on the store’s main level, causing a loud noise that many confused for gunshots.

Another display setup fell moments later as the frightened shoppers rushed out of the store. Authorities say several mall patrons suffered minor injuries during the exodus. The entire mall was evacuated after the reported gunshots.

Authorities are investigating what caused the car to erupt into flames.

— Associated Press


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