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Newborn twins instinctively grasp one another’s hands

by | Apr 10, 2014


By Dave Andrusko

newborntwinshandsIf a picture is worth a thousand words, what will a YouTube video of two precious newborns holding hands shortly after birth get you? Thousands and thousands and thousands of views.

The very brief video is now almost a year old. Danel and Maria were delivered by Caesarean section at a hospital in Gipuzkoa, Spain’s smallest province, located on the Atlantic coast.

The babies were placed in an incubator and before you knew it, “They each looked different ways and yet they naturally joined hands,” Dr. Javier Rodriguez told Spanish-language wire service EFE. Sarah Gates wrote

“Calling the embrace ‘instinctive,’ Rodriguez said this is the first time he has seen anything like it. After the pair interlocked their hands and fingers, a nurse managed to capture the moment.”

The twins became Internet celebrities after the photo was first published on the website of the daily newspaper Diario Vasco, according to Gates. “Parents Naiara and Mario Morales told the local newspaper that they could not believe how much the photo has been shared around the globe.”

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