Black and White Twins Born for the Second Time to the Same Family Black and White Twins Born for the Second Time to the Same Family
Seven years after having one black twin and one white twin, the 27-year-old mother has given birth to a second set of twins with... Black and White Twins Born for the Second Time to the Same Family


Seven years after having one black twin and one white twin, the 27-year-old mother has given birth to a second set of twins with different coloured skin at odds of one in 500,000.

They like to say their family is two in a million. For Alison Spooner and her partner Dean Durrant’s offspring have defied the odds  –  not once, but twice.

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Seeing double again: Alison and Dean with, from left, Hayleigh holding Leah, and Lauren holding Miya

When the couple’s first daughters arrived in 2001, they were astonished to see that Lauren had her mother’s blue eyes and red hair, while her twin Hayleigh had dark skin and hair, like her father, Dean.

So when Miss Spooner, from Fleet, in Hampshire, found out she was pregnant again this year, her friends and family joked that they ought to take a bet out on the same thing happening again.

Doctors who delivered the sisters early, because of fears for their health, were relieved to find them well, but also amazed that the second set of twin girls were born with different skin tones.

As her parents discovered when the girls were laid side by side in the hospital cot, Miya resembles her father and Leah has inherited her mother’s looks.

It is rare enough for two sets of twins to be born to the same parents, but the chances of them inheriting different skin and hair colour from their mother and father are just two in a million.

The genetic phenomenon only happens when two separate eggs are fertilised by different sperm, unlike identical twins who share their genetic make-up having been conceived from one fertilised egg that splits to form two embryos.

‘I was shocked when I first found out I was pregnant with twins again  –  but I never thought for one second they would turn out the same as last time,’ Miss Spooner said.

‘After the babies were born they weren’t breathing properly, so they were taken to a special care unit.’

The former recruitment consultant added: ‘It wasn’t until about five days after they were born that we saw them side by side for the first time.

‘And when they were together it was clear that one was darker than the other. It was unbelievable.’

Doctors at Frimley Park Hospital, in Surrey, decided to deliver the babies on November 13 by Caesarean section, 37 weeks into the pregnancy, when scans revealed they were in the breech position.

This can cause complications during birth that can endanger the babies’ lives.

However, despite their early arrival, both girls were born healthy, with Miya weighing 4lb lloz and Leah 5lb 10oz. Their father Dean, 33, a paver who is of West Indian origin, said: ‘It was a real shock to the system when I found out we were having twins again.

‘I didn’t think the same thing would happen again.

‘I was blown away when I saw them together. I didn’t know until then that there was such a big difference between the two.

‘It was clear to see but they were rushed away after they were born so we didn’t realise until we saw them together. We have a very special family.’

Henry Okafor

  • Desiree Jackson

    2016-07-18 #1 Author

    Yes that is beautiful!!! ??


  • Kermanshah Haley

    2016-07-18 #2 Author

    Awww how precious !


  • Britney Dixon

    2016-07-18 #3 Author

    Very beautiful Family! ?❤️


  • Jasmine

    2016-07-18 #4 Author

    This is a great story, very amazing to me.


  • Neshia Burks

    2016-07-18 #5 Author



  • Samantha

    2016-07-18 #6 Author

    Awww!! ☺️


  • Courtney goree

    2016-07-18 #7 Author

    To cute


  • Kacey

    2016-07-18 #8 Author

    Such a blessing


  • Okeyshia Venice

    2016-07-18 #9 Author

    Aww that was so sweet, and beautiful.


  • Shantell brownfield

    2016-07-18 #10 Author



  • Decorus shavakiia

    2016-07-18 #11 Author

    Aww cute


  • Kestiny Hopkins

    2016-07-18 #12 Author

    Mind blowing & beautiful ?? never know that could actually happen


  • Alexcia rochell

    2016-07-18 #13 Author

    I think the is pretty unique & amazing! It’s rare that this happens


  • Patricia Hollis

    2016-07-18 #14 Author



  • Jasmine Taylor

    2016-07-18 #15 Author

    A Blessing???????


  • Maria perez

    2016-07-18 #16 Author

    This is beyond ?


  • Nina parks

    2016-07-18 #17 Author

    Its amazing and truly a blessing the way our bodies work! Such a beautiful family.


  • Latoya harper

    2016-07-18 #18 Author

    Wow!! I love this ???


  • Kennedy

    2016-07-18 #19 Author

    they’re are adorable !! ❤️


  • Laskyra Jackson

    2016-07-18 #20 Author

    Beautiful ??


  • Tykei

    2016-07-19 #21 Author

    This is beautiful!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️


  • America Armstrong

    2016-07-19 #22 Author

    Beautiful Love It


  • Stalexis

    2016-07-19 #23 Author

    Amazingly Beautiful


  • Jasmine Gatson

    2016-07-19 #24 Author

    beautiful family??❤️❤️



    2016-07-20 #25 Author

    beautiful family


  • Paschalina Mordi

    2016-08-31 #26 Author

    God has blessed your Union,these children are blessings and will make great and wonderful difference in the nearest future.God bless you .


  • Constance Rice

    2016-11-08 #27 Author

    Now, this is interesting. They said in the article if I got it right that they weren’t identical twins they were fraternal twins and were born with different eggs. That is why they say they are different colors. Well, they still have genes from both parents and that doesn’t explain the color difference. I think it shows that whatever sends these babies likes all color babies. Good Luck and blessings all around. Beautiful kids you lucky people!


  • Samia

    2016-11-08 #28 Author

    I love plz help dua a need twist baby’s am Muslim


  • Burn

    2016-11-09 #29 Author

    two separate eggs, 2 different sperm the story says… does this mean there is a 2nd guy/father in the equation? someone please help me understand


    • Ray Ibanda Ironde

      2016-11-12 #30 Author

      Non-identical/ fraternal twins come from two different ova(female eggs) which are fertilized by two sperm – remember a man sends into a woman over 20 million sperm but only one fertilizes one female egg..for this kind of twins, the sperm could come from one man or two men..


  • Ray Ibanda Ironde

    2016-11-12 #31 Author

    Indeed, this is a special and blessed family…thanks to the Most High.


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