Although the likelihood of having twins increased by 72% between 1980 and 2018, it’s still quite uncommon. Twins are born about 33 times out of every 1,000 babies.
And how likely are identical twins to exist? Every 1,000 births, there are about three or four sets of identical twins. Once more, relatively uncommon.
Savannah Combs, a 23-year-old woman, was overjoyed to discover she was expecting twins. They both had Down syndrome, a further rarity she later discovered.
Naturally, the news was upsetting. Savannah and Justin Ackerman knew that some people would judge them and their children due to their predicament.
However, Savannah finds great value in them because of this.
She told News4JAX, “It’s very uncommon what they have, but they’ve been my little gems.”
Savannah, who is from Middleburg, Florida, posted videos of her postpartum experience on TikTok with her kids, Kennadi Rue and Mckenli Ackerman, and they rapidly gathered followers.
Savannah said in one of her videos that she was instructed to have an abortion because the infants wouldn’t survive.
She decided to keep them so she could give them a shot.
”Every [prenatal] appointment they were alive was a blessing to me,” Savannah explained.
She discovered they both had Down syndrome when her husband was away at boot camp.
When she was admitted to the hospital at 29 weeks along with her unborn daughters, Savannah was carrying twins. Mckenli Ackerman and Kennadi Rue were born as identical twins on May 12, 2021.
The twins had to stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for weeks before being allowed to go home because they were born two months early.
“They’re called mono di twins, meaning that they had their sacs, but they shared the same placenta, meaning that they were going to be identical,” she said.
“Mo di twins as it is, it’s like very rare. And then you throw Down syndrome on top of it; it’s like one in 2 million.”
Despite having an unusual disease, Savannah claimed they were like any other child.
“They have feelings. They have a beating heart. They know how to talk. They know how to do things you do. They will get there,” she said.
“As I said, it may be a step behind, but they will do it. I’ve learned these kids are aggressive and happy little things.”
Savannah posts wonderful updates on TikTok as her kids reach key developmental milestones.
“I’m going to let them know that they’re just like us, and they’re going to get there as long as they put their minds to it.”
Some people still need to criticize Savannah and her family, though. Thus, the young mother has had to respond to some rather insensitive online users.
”I wouldn’t want those babies; if mine came out like that, they would be straight up for adoption,” one person wrote to the mother.
Savannah offered the ideal solution on Facebook, though, and it was.
“I said, good thing they weren’t born to you and were born to me. God knew what he was doing by giving these babies to the right parents who would love them regardless.”
Beautiful girls. Anyone who claims otherwise is simply being cruel. These people are the most lovable and priceless ones there are!
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