Ahad, September 09, 2012

One of our twins was born black... the other was born white

A MOTHER has amazed doctors after giving birth to twin girls — one white and the other black.

Proud Pamela Frazer joked last night: “At least I can’t get them mixed up.” Candice Anne has dark skin, black hair and dark eyes, while Aleisha Lilly is white with fair hair and light eyes.

Pamela, 30, has already faced some awkward questions from passers-by when she is out with the four-week-old girls. But she added: “For me, it makes them even more special.” She and 37-year-old husband Oswald are both mixed race.

Former bank manager Pamela revealed: “My mum has got Jamaican, African and Irish in her and my dad is white and Jewish. Oswald’s dad is Jamaican and his mum is Jamaican and Irish.”
She said of the different coloured girls: “It is quite common for it to happen with siblings, but for twins we were told it is very, very rare.

“The doctor said it was a one in a million chance.” Delighted Oswald, an engineer, beamed: “I saw them and I loved them straight away.

“They looked quite similar to start with but now they look so, so different.”

Twins can have varying skin colour when two separate eggs are fertilised by two sperm. It means the genes that define each child’s skin tone can be different.

Pamela’s twins were conceived naturally and delivered prematurely by Caesarean section after her waters broke early.

She said: “The night it happened it was all a bit of a rush, in about 20 minutes. I didn’t see them both together straight away.

“I saw Candice, she was crying. Then with Aleisha, they wouldn’t show me her because she wasn’t breathing. I asked if she was OK but they wouldn’t show me.

“It was a couple of hours before I saw her and they were just totally different.” The twins — who have a brother Brandon, six — spent a couple of weeks in hospital before being allowed home in Hastings, East Sussex. And it wasn’t long before they were attracting some funny looks.

Pamela and Oswald are not the first couple to have children with different skin colour. Four years ago The Sun revealed how mixed-race couple Dean Durrant and Alison Spooner, from Fleet in Hampshire, had Lauren, with light skin, and Hayleigh, who was darker.
Black and white twin girls ... Candice Anne and Aleisha Lilly

Mixed blessings ... Pamela with Oswald and their twin girls

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