“Like One In 2 Million” Rare Twins Were Both Born With Down Syndrome, See How They’re Doing Now

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A mother’s greatest wish when she is with child is that she will give birth to healthy, happy children who will grow up to have a good life and be successful. Unfortunately, complications arise proving that life rarely goes according to plan. Savannah Combs, a young mother, was overjoyed when she learned that she was pregnant. Even when her twins were both diagnosed with Down Syndrome, an extremely rare occurrence, she never lost her spark explaining: ““It’s very rare what they have, but they’ve been my little gems.”

Except doctors didn’t share her enthusiasm and when the twins were about to be born 6 weeks early, doctors had bad news…

Twice The Gift

twins head to head sleep

Mckenli Kennadi Ackerman / Facebook

Mckenli Kennadi Ackerman / Facebook

When a woman falls pregnant, the expectation is usually to have one child at a time. But, some get surprised with more at once! Savannah Combs is one of those people. She was given the gift of life, not once but twice at once.

However, the more kids are brought to the world at once, the higher the risk of complications. Twin pregnancy is not just risky for the babies, but also for the mother. The risk not only includes premature labor and complications but in the worst cases, fetal death. Having a baby with down syndrome increases the odds even more. Now having two babies diagnosed is double the risk. However, Savannah was just happy that her babies were “here.”

Doctors Said They Wouldn’t Make It

baby hooked to wires in hospital and sleeping

Mckenli Kennadi Ackerman / Facebook

Mckenli Kennadi Ackerman / Facebook

Savvanah managed to stay in high spirits towards her pregnancy, with seemingly a mother’s instinct that her babies were okay, despite their diagnosis. She already loved them tremendously so even when the doctors warned her that her twin daughters wouldn’t “make it,” Savannah held on to hope and assumed the best.

She even documented their birth on TikTok and had a flood of support congratulating her on how beautiful and happy her babies looked. The twins had defied all the odds and made it after all. The doctors themselves were surprised explaining: “for every 1,000 twin pregnancies, around two will have at least one baby with Down syndrome. However, the chance prior to a pregnancy that the pregnancy will be twins and that both twins will have Down syndrome is around one in 1 to 5 million.”

Double The Blessings

mom and dad holding twin babies

Mckenli Kennadi Ackerman / Facebook

Mckenli Kennadi Ackerman / Facebook

Not only was Savannah expected to have one baby, not two, when doctors first suspected that that one of the babies would be born with Down Syndrome, they only expected one to be diagnosed not both as the chances of both twins having Down Syndrome is extremely rare. “They’re called mono di twins, meaning that they had their own sacs, but they shared the same placenta, meaning that they were going to be identical,” explains the mom “Mo di twins as it is, it’s like very rare. And then you throw Down syndrome on top of it, it’s like one in 2 million.”

However, the parents decided not to go through with genetic testing as they knew that they would love their babies the same no matter how they were born. The first-time mother said, “Every (prenatal) appointment they were alive was a blessing to me.”

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Children With Down Syndrom Deserve Equal Treatment

mom feeding both babies at the same time with bottles

Mckenli Kennadi Ackerman / Facebook

Mckenli Kennadi Ackerman / Facebook

Even in this day and age, there is still a level of stigma surrounding people with Down syndrome, the children in particular. However, Savannah believes that her children, just like all children with the same diagnosis should be not treated any differently or as inferiors.

Savannah wants everyone to know: “They’re just like us. I’m not going to treat them any differently because they have Down syndrome…They have feelings. They have a beating heart. They know how to talk. They know how to do things you do. They will get there. As I said, it may be a step behind but they’re going to do it. I’ve learned these kids are feisty little things and happy little things.”

One In A Million, Twice

The twins have inspired thousands of people with their fight for life and the happiness that radiates from them in all their pictures. Their mom’s videos of them, made with love and showcasing how adorable they look has earned her more than 24,000 followers and over 1.5 million views.

Their story is inspirational because shows that no matter what life throws at you, there is still good within it. With drive, motivation and goodwill, even the hardest situations, with the lowest odds of success, can be overcome. According to Down Syndrome Education International, both twins being diagnosed with the condition happens once or twice in 1 million pregnancies, and that’s if they’re identical twins. Yet to Savannah, it happened, and it turned out to be the most beautiful thing to ever happen to her. Trust in the process, and trust that everything is always working out for you.

Where Are They Now?

twins at 8 months smiling and wearing bows

Mckenli Kennadi Ackerman / Facebook

Mckenli Kennadi Ackerman / Facebook

Gennadi Rue and Mckenli were born in May of 2021 and are going to be almost one soon! They are doing great. Despite being born six weeks early, they only spent four weeks in the NICU. The twins are “hitting milestones like no other.” They attend physical and occupational therapy two times a week, and have even been crawling. Let this be a reminder that no person is defined by their diagnosis, and that every single one of us, child or adult has the power to thrive with the right mentality and hard work.

“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,” encourages Savannah.

Still Their Own Person

twins sleeping while cuddling

Mckenli Kennadi Ackerman / Facebook

Mckenli Kennadi Ackerman / Facebook

Despite being twins and sharing the same diagnosis, each baby has its own personality. Savannah explains that while Kennadi is a “ray of sunshine,” Mckenli is the opposite.“She’s a total diva,” her mom said. After all, we’re each our own person, with our own purpose !Are you still searching for your life purpose? You won’t believe what the science of Numerology can reveal about you!

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