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Leetonia native responsible for delivering monoamniotic twins in Akron

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About two weeks ago, an Ohio family was thrust into the international spotlight after a photo of their newborn twins went viral. The heartwarming image captured the girls holding hands just seconds after being delivered.

"I think we were all shocked and just stunned because it couldn't have been a more perfect outcome of that delivery," said Dr. Melissa Mancuso with Akron Children's Hospital.

A delivery that Leetonia-native Mancuso had a front row seat to. She helped deliver the mono-amniotic twins, who shared the same placenta and amniotic sac while in utero.

"This is the rarest form of twinning and also the most high risk form of twinning," said Dr. Mancuso.

Growing up as a little girl in Leetonia, Melissa always knew she wanted to be a doctor, but she never anticipated her work being recognized at an international level.

"It's such a great thing for the Thistlethwaite family. They really deserve to have all this glory," said Dr. Mancuso. "She was in the hospital for such a long time, separated from her younger son and I just think for them this was really awesome."

A sentiment shared by twin's mother, Sarah, whose Mother's Day delivery now has a special place in the hearts of millions.

"It was so surreal and I couldn't stop crying. Like it was just the most amazing moment ever because not only did they both survive, but then they were both grabbing on to each other, as well. So, it was an amazing moment," said Sarah Thistlethwaite.

And just another day in the office for Dr. Mancuso, who works hard every day to deliver special moments to families like the Thistlethwaite.

Sarah Thistlethwaite said her girls are doing very well. She and her husband hope to bring them home from Akron Children's NICU in about two weeks.


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