Twin pregnancies remain relatively uncommon, despite a significant 72% increase in the likelihood from 1980 to 2018, with twins being born in approximately 33 out of every 1,000 births.
The probability of having identical twins is not very high, averaging three to four cases per 1,000 births. It’s a rare occurrence, to say the least.
The story of Savannah Combs, a 23-year-old from Middleburg, Florida, adds another layer of uniqueness to the narrative. Expecting twins, Savannah was initially overjoyed but soon discovered that both children had Down syndrome, making their situation even more unusual.
While the information was undoubtedly challenging for Savannah and her husband Justin Ackerman, they embraced the uniqueness of their situation. Savannah expressed that despite the rarity of their condition, her twin daughters, Kennadi Rue and Mckenli Ackerman, are her “little gems.”
Sharing her postpartum journey on TikTok, Savannah quickly gained popularity for her heartfelt videos featuring the twins. In one video, she revealed that she had been advised to consider abortion due to the belief that her children wouldn’t survive. Despite the challenges, Savannah chose to give her daughters a chance at life.
“Every [prenatal] appointment they were alive was a blessing to me,” Savannah explained, emphasizing the value of each moment.
Kennadi Rue and Mckenli Ackerman, identical twin daughters, were born on May 12, 2021, after Savannah endured a 29-week pregnancy. The twins, classified as mono-di twins, had their own sacs but shared the same placenta, making them even more unique.
Savannah emphasized that her daughters, despite their uncommon disease, are just like any other children. She shared, “They have feelings. They have a beating heart. They know how to talk. They know how to do things you do. They will get there.”
The twins spent a few weeks in the NICU due to their premature birth but eventually went home, continuing to reach milestones like any other youngsters. Savannah provides uplifting updates on TikTok, aiming to show that her daughters, though facing challenges, are resilient and capable.
Despite the heartwarming journey, Savannah has faced criticism from some on social media. Responding to negativity, she posted a powerful message on Facebook, stating, “God knew what he was doing by giving these babies to the right parents who would love them regardless.”
In the face of adversity, Savannah remains steadfast in celebrating the uniqueness and beauty of her daughters, encouraging others to spread the word about their touching story.