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Tiny Island Home To 100 Sets Of Twins

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A tropical island in the Philippines is home to around 100 sets of twins - a phenomenon which has baffled both doctors and scientists.

According to local legend, the bizarre occurrence of twinning started on the island generations ago.

Now there are 78 pairs of non-identical twins and 22 pairs of identical twins – including one pair of conjoined twins.

Many of siblings continue to wear identical outfits even after they enter into adulthood, making it really impossible for outsiders to differentiate one sibling from the other.

In the Alabat island, four-month-old Gian and John are the youngest twins with the oldest twins Eudosia Meras and Antonina Meras in their 80s.

Scientists and doctors alike have been baffled as to why so many twins are born on the island.

Although there is no government data on the twinning, a 2015 report conducted by the state, recorded the birth of 12 twins in the single year in the tiny island.

With the rate of twins increasing, local doctors and the scientists are now busy studying the medical marvel that, they say, would prove to be beneficial for childless couples.

To date, only a single village in India, is known to have the highest number of twins.

The small village of Kodinhi in Kerala in southern India had reported the presence of around 300-350 twins within the boundaries of the same village.

Doctors in the Philippines have ruled out the genetic reason as to why the twinning keeps happening in these pockets, they believe that the environment has more to do with it.

Although some suggested that the drinking water should be studied.

The 86-year-old grandmothers Eudosia and Antonina Meras are believed to be the oldest twins living in the island.

Both widowed, the pair say they support one another.

Antononia who got married at an early age of 19 explains how her husband differentiated between her and her twin sister.

“In the initial days, my husband would often mistake Eudosia for myself.

"There have been some embarrassing incidents when my husband amorous overtures to my sister thinking that it was me.

"I had to then show him the mole on my nose, while my sister doesn’t have it.

"That solved the problem once and for all,” said Antononia.

Her sister Eudosia chirpy like a teenager pitched and showed the mole on her lips: “See, I have a mole on my lower lips that why I am very talkative.

"‘In our lifetime, we noticed that there are twins like us in the island.

"Most of us wear an identical pair of clothes and people have the dilemma of identifying who is who," the grandmother of four added.

Four of Eudosia’s grandchildren are twin

Aside from identical and fraternal twins which are abundant in the island, they have also the only conjoined twins: Joy and Joyce Magsino, 10, and their grandmother Sonia, who has a twin, Cynthia.

Joy and Joyce Magsino were born with angular frontal partial craniopagus but doctors have said they can survive apart.

To evaluate the chances of their separation, they undergone CT-Scan and MRI procedures in November 2017.

The lab results were sent to a New York hospital that had extended a helping hand.

Unfortunately, the surgeons decided not to operate on the twins as the risks outweigh the benefits of the operation.

The heart-breaking news did not stop the twins from believing that someday they will be separated.

Their grandmother Sonia hasn’t given up on hope. “We are not losing hope. As of now, we will be sending them to an alternative learning school so that they can learn how to read and write despite their condition."




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