A couple celebrated the arrival of their twin daughters and were in for a delightful surprise. The babies, like their parents, were of different races.
Curtis Martin, 24, is half Jamaican. Rebecca Horton, 28, is white. The couple recently welcomed twin daughters they named Kendall and Baylee. These twins are very unique: Kendall is black like her father, and Baylee is white like her mother.
Kendall and Baylee are not identical, but fraternal twins. Identical twins start from the same fertilized egg that splits, resulting in identical genes. Fraternal twins come from two entirely separate fertilized eggs. This means that, even though they grew together in the womb, they can look different like any other siblings born at different times.
"When they were born, we kept staring at both of them – we couldn’t believe it," said Horton. "‘It was a lovely feeling and a big shock."
"One thing I know for sure is that family and friends won’t ever struggle to tell them apart," she joked.
"We’ve got used to it but you hear people whisper as we walk past," said Martin. "If I saw them out, I don’t think I’d believe they were related."
Fertility specialist Doctor Allan Pacey said that it's all just in the way the genes are shuffled. "This shuffling has created something that is completely unexpected and throws us but it is just nature’s way of making us diverse."
Kendall and Baylee aren’t the first black/white twins to be born to interracial parents, but they are members of a very small club.
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