It has been reported that a couple who have been struggling to conceive, have been told the reason they have not been successful is that they are actually biological twins.
The couple who cannot be named, went through a routine DNA test at a fertility clinic where they were hoping to then try IVF, a process where the woman’s egg is combined with the mans sperm outside the body before placing an embryo back inside the woman.
During the pre-checks, the lab assistant at the clinic in Jackson, Mississippi noticed that the DNA profiles were rather similar.
“It’s just a routine thing and we wouldn’t normally check to see if there was a relationship between the two samples, but in this case the lab assistant involved was shocked by the similarity of each profile,” an unnamed doctor told the Mississippi Herald.
So the questions is, how can this happen. The most obvious scenario seems to be that they couple could be cousins. This could have been the case, however the DNA was just too similar and when they then realised the couple actually shared the same birthday, the doctors became sure they were in fact biological twins.
When they were asked by the doctor if they were twins, they laughed and thought he was joking. As they had no idea, you can forgive them for thinking it was a wind up.
The husband shrugged it off.
“The husband said that a lot of people remarked on the fact they shared the same birthdays and looked similar to each other, but he said it was just a funny coincidence and that the couple were definitely not related,” The doctor said.
Further DNA evidence proved that they were related. The wife “pleaded” with the doctor to admit he was joking, according to the Mirror.
“I wish that I was, but they had to know the truth,” he said.
Upon further exploration, it was found that the couple had fallen in love back in college and at that point they had discovered they were both from similar backgrounds.
Both of them had lost their parents when they were young and both had been put up for adoption. They were adopted by separate families. They weren’t told they had a twin.
The couple are apparently considering their future together after hearing this shocking news and it being confirmed to be true.
The doctor has said that he’s reluctantly glad that he was unable to help the husband and wife conceive a baby, given the circumstances.