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Twins with rare condition born healthy during pandemic

Posted at 6:30 AM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 09:30:37-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A San Diego couple is thankful to have their newborn twins home after a rare, high-risk pregnancy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Corina Antal and Gene Yeo are first-time parents who found out they were expecting twins last summer. They later learned their twins were monoamniotic, meaning they share a placenta and an amniotic sac. The condition, also known as MoMo, is rare and seen in only one of every 60,000 pregnancies.

Leading up to the twins’ birth, the pandemic started changing how Antal and Yeo could go to their medical appointments. Antal eventually had to start going alone, wearing a mask to the hospital. Yeo was able to be with his wife during the twins' birth.

The twins, Emileen and Emabelle, were born healthy, via C-section at the Jacobs Medical Center at UC San Diego Health.

The twins are now six weeks old; they spent five weeks in the NICU because of their condition. During their stay at the NICU, mom and dad were able to visit them with masks, one parent per child.

The parents say they plan on telling their twins the story about how they were born during a pandemic.