Two twin sisters defied million-to-one odds to give birth to their babies on the same ward in the same hospital – just HOURS apart.
Natalie and Leanne Paulson, 21, were due to have their first children over a week apart.
But when Leanne went into labour a week later, she was taken to the same ward as her sister.
The twins, who are not identical despite looking similar, were even given rooms next to each other at Leicester Royal Infirmary.
Leanne gave birth to her son Carter, who weighed 8lb 8oz, at 6.17pm on July 29 while Natalie’s daughter Mila-Rose, who weighed 8lb 2oz, was born at 12.02am the next day.
The sisters, who are both care assistants and live up the road from each other in Branston, Leics., even found out they were pregnant on the same day.
Natalie, who lives with her partner, electrician Daniel Morgan, 28, said: “Leanne went into labour on my due date.
“I knew it would be close but I never imagined we would be in rooms next to each other giving birth. The nurses couldn’t believe it.
“It was an amazing experience because we’ve always shared everything.
“We ended up in the same room afterwards and I was holding her baby and she was holding mine.
“They even look quite similar.
“It’s lovely that our children will grow up knowing they were born just a few hours apart. It’s a strange coincidence but me and Leanne are used to doing most things together.”
Leanne, who lives with her partner, plumber Robert Walker, 23, added: “I thought I’d be late going into labour but never that we’d go in on the same day.”
* In April, identical twins Tina Hammond and Louise Huckerby, 23, defied similar odds to give birth to their babies just hours apart in the same ward at Leicester Royal Infirmary.