50 million-to-one black and white kids
Wednesday 06 October 2010
50 million to one were the odds. But amazingly sisters Sonia Brown and Sharon Harris have both given birth to one black and one white child.
The almost impossible genetic fluke has given the mixed race sisters two lovable children each. While both dads are white, the varying skin tones have defied amazing odds.
Sonia has five-year-old twins Cameron and Kyle Bradley (phew! Two five year-old boys – how much do we admire her?). While Cameron has a dark complexion and dark curly hair, Kyle is blonde and blue eyed– despite also holding a strong facial resemblance to his twin.
As if that wasn’t unusal enough, their cousins, Paige, seven, and Kayleigh, five, also have different skin colour. While Paige has a tanned complexion, Kayleigh is pale with blonde locks.
Sonia said: ‘I was really shocked when the boys were born.
‘Cameron came out first, and then the next thing we saw was a little pair of white legs and a white bottom.
‘The doctors said it was very unusual, but that it does happen. People don’t realise they are twins at first, and although they are not identical, once I tell people they are twins they do see the similarities. They are very bubbly, lively and so energetic.’
None of the family seem to mind their varying skin tones. All kids get on great and love playing computer games, football and riding on their bikes together. Yes, we can imagine they're a proper handful for their two mums!
Sharon said: 'When I had Kayleigh she was born by C-section and the first thing they did after she came out was put her straight into Malcolm [her husband]'s arms.
'We couldn't believe it when we saw her blue eyes, blonde hair and light skin and I think if the circumstances had been any different I might have worried there had been a mistake.
'The girls don't seem to notice and it doesn't bother us in the slightest. All four of them get on really well together and we wouldn't change them for the world.'
Spoken like a true proud parent.
Dr Sarah Jarvis, GP and author of Pregnancy for Dummies added: 'The chance of this happening is incredibly small - many, many millions to one. You wouldn't expect to see it more than once in a lifetime.'
So while all parents think their kids are special, Sonia and Sharon now have expert proof for their little ones.
By Ruth Connors