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Twins With Different Dads

Twins With Different Dads

A mother of twins has had a shock after doctors revealed that her 11-month-old boys do not have the same father.

Paternity tests then revealed what had happened - two eggs had been fertilised by two different sperm and there was a 99.99% chance the twins had different dads.


Doctors at the DNA lab in Dallas, Texas had never seen such a result.


Mia later admitted she had had an affair and got pregnant by two different men at the same time.


She told TV channel Fox 4: "Out of all people in America and of all people in the world, it had to happen to me. I'm very shocked."


Clear Diagnostics president Genny Thibodeaux said: "It is very crazy. Most people don't believe it can happen, but it can."


Sky's health correspondent Thomas Moore explains: "A woman can release two eggs from her ovaries, and the eggs will remain viable for 24 hours after ovulation.


"Sperm can survive up to five days inside a woman's body, so a woman could sleep with different men several days apart, and get pregnant not once, but twice."


And while it sounds rare, recent research indicates that one in 12 non-identical twins are so-called bi-paternal, with a rise in fertility treatment and changing sexual behaviour being blamed.


Mia's partner James Harrison is father to one of the boys.


He told Fox 4 that he had forgiven his fiancee for having the affair and intended to raise both children as his own.


However, he admitted it had been tough discovering the truth.


"It's a day by day thing. It's going to take time to build the trust like we had," he said.


The couple plan to tell the twins they are half-brothers when they are old enough to understand.skynews

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