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Published September 26, 2012, 09:45 PM

Mono-Mono twins survive 50-50 odds

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A rare set of twins is beating the odds. The babies are getting stronger in the NICU at Essentia Health, despite a high chance of the pair not surviving birth.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A rare set of twins is beating the odds. The babies are getting stronger in the NICU at Essentia Health, despite a high chance of the pair not surviving birth.

When the twins' parents first discovered the girls were Mono-Mono twins, they say it took all they had to stop themselves from looking up the condition online and seeing the harsh reality.

There's a 50 percent chance the twins wouldn't make it.

Joey Noel, Twins’ Father: "I tried to stop listening to the statistics early on, because they just didn't sound good."

Mary Noel, Twins’ Mother: "I was reading their death sentence online so it was terrifying."

It's a miracle that Mary and Joey Noel can now hold these bundles of joy. Aurora Jade and River Elyse.

Mary: "It’s hard to leave."

Aurora and River are Mono-Mono, or Mo-Mo twins. And the chance of a set of twins being Mono-Mono is only one percent. That's it.

They shared many key parts of pregnancy - the amniotic sac, the placenta - making it necessary for Mary to go through this C-section months before they were ready.

There's a high risk of death during birth, because the cord can easily get tangled around one of the babies.

Joey: "When the kids were finally born I didn't plan on it. With the other kids, you expect it coming up and you prepare for it but I tried to mentally not think that far ahead."

The pair is now on a long road to recovery. They have at least another month and a half in the NICU at Essentia Health. Slowly getting bigger, stronger.

Mary: "It's scary I mean I had my son and just change his diaper, no big deal, and these ones, you just want to be really careful with."

For now, Mary and Joey stop up every chance they get, to hold their little girls' hands, and begin the incredible challenge of trying to tell them apart.

Joey: "The labels on their cribs basically is how we've kept them straight.”

NICU staff say the girls are upgraded - into a "less intensive" part of the unit.

They're in good health, off their air tubes and feeding tubes, and they're finally around four pounds.

Besides some temperature spikes, the NICU says the survivors will soon be strong enough to go home with their family.

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