Double surprise as twins have babies on same day

Cousins Tyler Richard and Nikita Jean born on January 28 to twin sisters Charlene and Jacqueline O'Hara
Cousins Tyler Richard and Nikita Jean born on January 28 to twin sisters Charlene and Jacqueline O'Hara

Twins from Belfast who were due to give birth five days apart ending up giving their newborns the same birthday.

Charlene O’Hara and her twin Jacqueline – both 23 and originally from the Ormeau Road – both delivered their babies on Wednesday.

Charlene had baby girl Nikita Jean at 5.03am in the Ulster Hospital and her sister Jacqueline had baby boy Tyler Richard at 8.07pm in the Downe Hospital in Downpatrick.

Charlene, who lives at home with her parents and a four-year-old son, said she “could not believe we had our babies on the same day”.

Her mother, Sharon O’Hara, 47, said the latest arrivals now mean she has nine grandchildren “and I would not change it for the world”.

“The girls are delighted it is over,” she said. “Jacqueline lives in Ballynahinch and Charlene went down to see her on Thursday and it was lovely seeing the babies together. They looked like twins.”

Mrs O’Hara said Charlene and Jacqueline “are like chalk and cheese” and during their lives “didn’t do much together and don’t look like twins”.

She said the odds of twins giving birth on the same day “are 400,000:1 according to the bookies”.

“But I would not change it for the world as I love every one of them,” she said.

“I now have another baby in the house but I don’t hear anything as I have done all that. My husband and I have seven children of our own.

“It is mayhem when the grandchildren all come to the house. They come here because we have a big garden which they use for parties.”

The doting grandmother, who told of her joy on the Stephen Nolan Show, said she also found out on January 28 that her 10th grandchild is on the way.