Not all twins may be identical, but they usually have one thing in common: their birthday. This is why it came as a total surprise when fraternal twins, Aylin and Alfredo Trujillo, were born not only on different days, but different years.
As per Reuters.com, their mother, Fatima Madrigal, gave birth to her son, Alfredo, at 11:45 PM on New Year’s Eve in Salinas, California. Fifteen minutes later, after the clock struck 12, Aylin was born. This means that the twins were born on different years. How cool is that?
The fact the fraternal twins were born on different years isn’t the first surprise this Californian family had. In fact, the twins arrived two weeks before their due date. They were expected to be born by January 16.
The good news is that they’re both healthy. Aylin weighed in at 5 pounds, 14 ounces (2.66 kg), while big brother Alfredo weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce.
“I was kind of shocked because twins don’t run in my family, nor in my partner’s family,” Madrigal said. “So we were really surprised that we got blessed with two babies, and it’s a boy and a girl, so we’re complete.”
So will the twins celebrate their birthdays on different days? According to Madrigal, her plan is to celebrate their birthdays on the same day for now. “I’ll explain it to them the best I can. When they’re older, if they want to celebrate their birthdays, like, different years, it’s up to them, but right now that they’re small and they’re with me, they’re going to celebrate their birthday together,” she said.
What does the hospital has to say? According to NBC News, one of the doctors in the hospital, Dr. Ana Abril Arias, the delivery was “one of the most memorable” of her career.
“It was an absolute pleasure to help these little ones arrive here safely in 2021 and 2022,” she said. “What an amazing way to start the New Year!”
As per Natividad Medical Center, where the twins were born, there are about 12,000 twins born each year. However, twins with different birthdays are quite rare. Some estimate the chance of twins being born in different years as one in 2 million, the hospital said.
Given everything happening in the world, it’s nice to know of interesting instances like this. The miracle of life is always something to be celebrated.
Art Daniella Sison