Friday, August 8, 2008

Mystery of the different coloured twins

LICHTENBERG - Welcoming new twins into the world is always a momentous event. But when brothers Ryan and Leo arrived, they had an extra surprise for their parents - they were born with different coloured skin!

For one twin to be black and one to be white is so rare that it is thought by medical experts to be a one-in-a-million occurrence. Proud parents Florence Addo-Gerth and Stephan Gerth are overjoyed by the new additions to their family, which includes 18-year-old brother Randy. Mother Florence, 35, hails from Ghana, while father Stephan is German. Stephan, 40, said that although the couple were surprised by the children's different colourings, the most important thing was that the babies were healthy.

The infants caused a sensation at the Sana Hospital in Lichtenberg, Germany, where they were born on Friday last week, with guests crowding around to greet the new arrivals. And it is not only their skin colours that are different - the twins are already revealing opposing personalities. Light-skinned Ryan is described as a 'spirited' baby, while laidback brother Leo is a lot calmer. Senior doctor Birgit Weber, who helped deliver the tots by ceasarean section, said that in 20 years of practice, this was the first time she had seen differently coloured twins.

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