The likelihood of having twins has really increased over time, but it remains quite uncommon. Around 33 in every 1,000 births result in twins. Identical twins are even rarer, with only three or four in every 1,000 births.
Savannah Combs, then-23-year-old, was overjoyed when she discovered she was expecting twins. However, she soon found out that both babies had Down syndrome, making the situation even more unusual. Savannah and her husband, Justin Ackerman, were aware that some might judge their family because of the twins’ condition.
Despite this, Savannah sees her twins as exceptionally precious and unique. “It’s very rare what they have, but they’ve been my little gems,” she told News4JAX.
Savannah comes from Middleburg, Florida, and has been sharing her after-birth experience with her daughters, Kennadi Rue and Mckenli Ackerman, on TikTok, where they have become popular.
In a video, she mentioned that she was advised to end her pregnancy because her babies might not survive. But Savannah chose to continue the pregnancy, giving her daughters a chance to live.
She cherished every prenatal check-up where her babies were found to be alive, calling it a blessing.
While her husband was at boot camp, Savannah found out that both her unborn twins had Down syndrome. She gave birth to the identical twin girls, Kennadi Rue and Mckenli Ackerman, at 29 weeks pregnant on May 12, 2021.
The twins were born two months early and had to stay in the NICU for several weeks before going home. They are known as mono di twins because they had separate sacs but shared the same placenta, making them identical. The combination of being mono di twins and having Down syndrome is very rare, with a likelihood of one in 2 million.
Even though they have a rare condition, Savannah emphasizes that these children are just like any other. They have emotions, a heart that beats and can communicate and perform tasks like everyone else.
They might be a little slower in reaching milestones, but they will get there. These kids are determined and joyful. Savannah keeps followers updated on their progress through cute TikTok posts, encouraging them to believe that they can achieve anything they set their minds to. “I’m going to let them know that they’re just like us and they’re going to get there as long as they put their minds to it.”
Despite this, Savannah and her family have faced criticism. The young mother has needed to respond to some thoughtless comments on social media.
One individual wrote to Savannah, saying, ”I wouldn’t want those babies; if mine came out like that, they would be straight up for adoption.” Savannah, however, had an excellent response that she posted on Facebook.
“I said, good thing they weren’t born to you and were born to me. God knew what he was doing by giving these babies to the right parents who would love them regardless.”
These two babies are simply beautiful and amazing, and anyone who disagrees with that is simply unkind. Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.