Brazil: a mother gives birth to twins who have two different fathers, an 'extremely rare' case

Author: Clark Tos
2022-09-13 15:10:01

An extremely rare case of heteroparental superfertilization, the term designated for this scientific phenomenon, has been documented in Brazil. A 19-year-old mother has given birth to twins from different fathers.

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In the spring of 2021, a 19-year-old girl was giving birth to twins who each have a different father, reports the Brazilian media Balloon . According to the doctor who followed the young mother who wished to remain anonymous, Túlio Jorge Franco, this is an extremely rare case.

The doctor explains that this was possible because the young girl had sex with two men on the same day and became pregnant with the latter two.

“It happens once in a million”

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It was when she noticed that despite their similar appearance, her twins had some differences such as size, that the new mother had one of the two dads perform a DNA test when her children were eight months old. At the time of the results, the girl discovered that the man was the father of one of the two twins.

For the website Brazilian , the mother of infants testified anonymously: I was amazed at the results. I didn't know this could happen. They look a lot alike. [...] I remembered that I had sex with another man and I called him to take the test, which was positive “, completes the mother.

Today, the twins are 16 months old and only one of the two dads recognized the two children with the civil status. ' He gives me all the support I need to take care of them “, reveals the young woman.

For his part, the doctor Túlio Jorge Franco indicates that this extremely rare case could be the 20th recorded in the world. ' This can happen when two eggs from the same mother are fertilized by different men. Babies share the mother's genetic material, but they grow up in different placentas. It is extremely rare. It happens once in a million. I never imagined that I would see a case like this in my life “, he is surprised. The doctor now wishes to continue the study of this rare case with his students.