The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

World, nation, state

June 2, 2014

Rare ‘mono mono’ twins progressing

CINCINNATI — An Ohio couple is getting a taste of what it’s like to be celebrity parents.

The parents of twins born with a rare condition in northeast Ohio say the girls are making progress toward going home from the hospital. A photo showing the girls holding hands taken shortly after birth May 9 at Akron General Medical Center has been widely seen on social media, in newspapers and on national TV.

“It’s still been crazy,” father Bill Thistlethwaite said. “Everywhere we go, someone saw it (the photo). People are still talking about it.”

He said he and wife Sarah were approached by a lot of people Saturday while having breakfast at a diner in their hometown of Orrville before going to visit the girls.

“It’s not bad,” he said, saying people just want to know how Jenna and Jillian are doing and express their good wishes.

Both now are taking full bottles and have gained weight, each now at 5 pounds or more.

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