Fraternal Twins In Arizona Born In Different Years


A pair of twins in Arizona were born only a minute apart but they ended up being born in different years.

Born One Minute And One Year Apart

Everett Shay and his brother Sawyer were born just a minute apart at the Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Arizona but the time difference is significant enough because the two boys ended up being born on different days, in different years.

The boys' parents arrived at the hospital on Saturday, Dec. 31, already aware that there was a chance the twins will have an unusual entrance to the world - and they did.

The older of the twins was born in 2016 and the younger was born in 2017. Sawyer was the last baby to be delivered in 2016 at the hospital while younger brother Everett was the first baby to be born there in 2017.

"I have been at Banner for 25 years and I don't recall this happening in our history, to have a New Year's baby while their twin was born in the year previous," said Banner Health public relations spokesperson Jennifer Ruble.

Younger Twin A True New Year's Baby

Ruble said that the boys' mother Holly Shay did not have a C-section, was not induced and was at full term, which means that Everett, who was born at 12:01 in the morning, is a true New Year's baby.

The twins' dad, Brandon Shay, said that Everett was a little bit more stubborn so he was not born until a minute past midnight.

"Everett might disagree but that's because he's just stubborn," said Brandon Shay. "He was hanging on until after midnight."

The boys were born at 37 weeks. Sawyer was the larger one at 5 pounds and 5 ounces, while Everett weighed 4 pounds and 8 ounces.

Fraternal Twins

Because the boys were born on separate days and years, they won't share a birthday. They are neither identical. Although Everett weighs less than his older brother, he is actually an inch taller. He was also more energetic while in the womb.

The boys are what is known as fraternal twins. Unlike identical twins that originate from the same combination of cells, fraternal twins, also known as dizygotic twins, are two individuals from the same pregnancy who were formed from two separate eggs that were fertilized by two separate sperms. Fraternal twins may or may not look or act alike.

The twins have two older sisters aged 13 and 4.

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