Babies holding hands after birth
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Twin babies born holding hands in Ohio, USA

12 May 2014 Last updated at 21:44 BST

US twin sisters, who were born holding hands, are breathing on their own after being removed from a ventilator, their mother has said.

Jillian and Jenna Thistlethwaite shared an amniotic sac and placenta, a rare condition known as monoamniotic birth, but arrived safely much to the relief of their parents Sarah and Bill.