Mom gives birth to ‘rare’ twins—then, doctor says this never happened in his 35-year career Mom gives birth to ‘rare’ twins—then, doctor says this never happened in his 35-year career
Thousands of people around the world get together on New Year’s Eve to count down and welcome in the new year. Major cities usually... Mom gives birth to ‘rare’ twins—then, doctor says this never happened in his 35-year career

Thousands of people around the world get together on New Year’s Eve to count down and welcome in the new year. Major cities usually have fireworks displays for people to watch and enjoy. For some people, it can be spent working, like police officers or hospital staff.

Hospitals, in particular, are open all year long accepting patients 24/7, and New Year’s Eve is no exception. Such was the case on Dec. 31, 2017, when Maria Esperanza Flores Rios was in labor and admitted into Delano Regional Medical Center.

Rios’s due date was Jan. 27, but she was scheduled to have a C-section on Jan. 10. However, the twins she was carrying could not wait, and Rios found herself at the hospital earlier than expected.

The 39-year-old California mom bade farewell to 2017 by giving birth to son Joaquin Jr. Ontiveros at 11:58 p.m. Weighing 5 pounds, 9 ounces (approx. 3 kg), he was the last baby to arrive in Kern County in 2017.

As the mother and son ushered in 2018, his twin sister, Aitana de Jesus Ontiveros, was born 18 minutes later at 12:16 a.m. Weighing 4 pounds, 10 ounces (approx. 2 kg), she was the first baby to arrive in Kern County in 2018.

Even though the siblings were delivered just 18 minutes apart, they ended up being born in different years!

It was the first time Dr. Seyed Tamjidi of Delano Regional Medical Center encountered such a delivery. “It’s pretty unusual. I would say it’s pretty rare,” Dr. Tamjidi told bakersfieldnow.com. “I’ve been doing this for 35 years, and I’ve never had this before.”

According to The Book of Odds: From Lightning Strikes to Love at First Sight, the Odds of Everyday Life, the probability of twins born in different years is about one in 60,000 births.

To commemorate the special occasion, the staff at the center took a group photo with Rios and her two adorable babies.

Later, Delano Regional Medical Center took to Facebook to announce the happy news.

“DRMC is honored to play a significant role in this 2018 New Year delivery of baby twins—while extending a sincere appreciation to the dedicated DRMC Staff and Physicians for all they do! Thank You to our community partners for their generous support of gifts for this great family!” the hospital wrote.

And, of course, the exhausted Rios feels blessed that her babies, four weeks premature, are healthy. “I feel really happy because I just had my two babies,” she told CNN through a translator.

Rios and her husband are farm laborers, who have three other daughters aged 6 to 18 years old.

The family also received $3,000 worth of baby supplies as Aitana was the first baby born at Delano Regional Medical Center in 2018.

Congratulations to Rios on the arrival of her two little blessings. May the new additions bring the family lots of fun times and happy memories!

Photo Credit: YouTube Screenshot | 23 ABC News | KERO.

Obinna Onyia

  • Bre’Anah

    2018-01-31 #1 Author

    This is the most amazing thing I ever heard. Twins that’s born in different years. I couldn’t even imagine ❤️

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  • Shakera

    2018-01-31 #2 Author

    Twins that celebrates their birthdays on different day/year!? How cool is that! ❤❤

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  • Mhay Cerda

    2018-01-31 #3 Author

    Im so amazed. Well, godbless and stay healthy.

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  • jaqunza brown

    2018-01-31 #4 Author

    What A Wonderful Blessing And Experience To Have Twins Born In Different Years God Bless Their Little Hearts!

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  • Deja

    2018-02-01 #5 Author

    This is amazing how twin babies can be born in different years! 💕

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  • Sade

    2018-02-01 #6 Author

    This is the 1st I have ever heard of this. How amazing mom must feel blessed!

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  • TH

    2018-02-01 #7 Author

    Awww this is super awesome! Double the birthday parties instead of double trouble!!

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  • jameka

    2018-02-01 #8 Author

    wow so cute love twins

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  • Lola

    2018-02-02 #9 Author

    Oh my goodness, how cool is that? Twins born in different years ☺️

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  • KaNosha Booker

    2018-02-02 #10 Author

    This is amazing!!!!!!

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  • lucy musyoka

    2018-02-05 #11 Author

    this is amazing…<3

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  • Lucy gogo aspegren

    2018-02-05 #12 Author

    Really amazing..congratulations to the mother

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  • Rovi Bernale

    2018-02-05 #13 Author

    God is good all the time…

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  • Keyana

    2018-02-05 #14 Author

    That is so cool!!

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  • Abbie

    2018-02-06 #15 Author

    This is so cool! I wanna know what the kids will think about it later on 🤣

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  • Uriah Hudson

    2018-02-18 #16 Author

    This is so amazing…. love it

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