A Mississippi couple who visited a fertility clinic recently were horrified at a startling revelation their physician shared after routine pre-in vitro fertilization testing was completed.
The husband and wife – who cannot be named due to HIPAA laws – had sought treatment after failing to conceive on their own.
The doctor, who also cannot be identified to protect the couple’s identity, told the Mississippi Herald:
During the in vitro fertilization process, we take a DNA sample from both the male and female to get a profile of their genetic backgrounds.
It’s just a routine thing, and we wouldn’t normally check to see if there was a relationship between the two samples, but in this case the lab assistant involved was shocked by the similarity of each profile.
However, looking closer at the samples, I noticed there were way too many similarities. With this in mind, I was convinced that both patients were fraternal twins.
The physician was unsure whether the couple was aware that they were not only siblings, but twins. Fraternal twins do not share identical DNA as do identical twins, but the very similar DNA of brothers and sisters.
He attempted to break the news gently upon their follow-up visit to the clinic. When he shared the startling test results, they initially broke down laughing.
The husband said that a lot of people remarked on the fact that they shared the same birthdays, and looked similar to each other, but he said it was just a funny coincidence and that the couple were definitely not related.
The couple refused to accept the news, so the doctor had to explain that the DNA evidence was irrefutable.
He then tried to piece together how the couple, who had met in college, ended up in their shocking situation. Their parents had died in a car wreck when they were infants and because they had no close relatives, both had been sent to foster care and eventually adopted. Due to a filing era, nobody told the adoptive families that their new child had a twin.
The doctor explained to Mississippi Herald:
I really hope they can work something out. For me, it’s a particularly unusual case because my job is all about helping couples conceive a child.
This is the first time in my career that I’ve been glad I haven’t succeeded in that regard.
Although it is against the law in Mississippi to marry a sibling, it is doubtful the couple will be charged with a crime due to the unusual situation.