IT?S A MIRACLE
By EMMA CORNFORD
AT 2.50pm on Monday, Dave Kilduff became a proud dad for the first time when his partner Amanda Oxenbridge gave birth to twins Caleb and Billy at Grafton Base Hospital.
Twelve hours later and just down the hallway, his brother Al Kilduff also became a first-time dad when his partner Ainsley Good gave birth.
But in a strange quirk of nature, Al's first children were also a set of twins, Mia and Ella.
"I've got two little princesses and Dave has two little princes," Al said yesterday.
"When we found out Ainsley was pregnant I called Dave and said 'you're going to be an uncle' and he said 'so are you ? but it's going to be to twins'. Then a day later we found out we were having twins as well. Yeah it was a real surprise."
Both sets of twins were due within a week of each other, but again nature had a surprise in store when Ainsley and Amanda both gave birth two weeks earlier than expected.
"Our Mum went from having no grandkids to having four of them within 12 hours. She still doesn't know where to go or who to visit," Al said.
Genetics is thought to play some role in the birth of twins and although Amanda's grandfather was a twin and Ainsley is a twin herself, both were surprised when they found out they were having twins.
Not just because they would have two bundles of joy each, but because the fathers were brothers.
"One of the nurses has been working here 35 years and she said if she hadn't seen it she never would have believed it," said Amanda.
"Our doctor was the same. We all went to Dr Dougall and he couldn't believe it either."
Although there seems to be no statistics available to conclude just how rare it is for two brothers to have twins in the same hospital within 12 hours of each other, it would seem the odds are pretty high. In 2000, there was just a 1.5per cent chance of having twins.
Whatever the odds of their births, Mia, Ella, Caleb and Billy can look forward to some birthdays with four times the usual amount of cake, balloons and streamers.
"Their 18th and 21st birthdays are going to be huge," said Dave.