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Abilene twin girls born on separate days, different years

By Cassandra Webb, cwebb@ktxs.com
Published On: Jan 02 2014 07:20:24 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 03 2014 09:05:56 AM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

It's not often that twins are born "a year apart," but that's exactly what happened at Abilene Regional Medical Center on New Year's Eve...and New Year's Day.

When Veronica Reed found out she was pregnant with twins, she had no idea just how special her birth experience would be.

Born via C-section, Hannah Grace made her appearance at 11:59 p.m. on New Year's Eve then Danielle Lyn followed a minute later at midnight on New Year's Day.

Reed said it's a miracle the girls went full-term and were born healthy because in August, they were diagnosed with Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome. 

"One was taking everything from the other and it was shrinking the sack around her and so once the procedure was performed, her sack was able to fill back up with her fluid and she was able to continue to grow and become healthy," Reed said.

So, will the twins get their own birthday parties?

"Yes, they will each get their own day," Reed said. "One of the 31st and the one on the 1st. But it will be in the daytime, not at night, so we can still have our fun," she said.

Reed said it's okay she only gets one tax write-off for 2013.

"That's alright because next year, I'm gonna get two," she said, laughing. 

Baby Danielle had to spend some time in the NICU, but both girls are expected to be just fine and should go home in a few days.

"It's a real miracle that they're here and I'm just very blessed," Reed said.

Reed's doctor, Dr. Bobby Ogdee, said he's delivered about 5,000 babies and has never seen this happen before.

We wanted to know more about Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome, or TTTS, and here's what we found out: 

The syndrome only affects identical twins.

About 15% of identical twins develop TTTS.

Severe TTTS has a 60-100% mortality rate, but if it's mild, full recovery is expected for both twins.