New Delhi: A married couple in the US struggling to conceive a child were told that they were biological twins.
A doctor at the clinic in Jackson, Mississippi, found out the astonishing connection through a routine DNA test.
The couple, who were struggling to conceive naturally, visited a fertility clinic in hope that it might help them have their own child.
“It's just a routine thing and we wouldn't normally check to see if there was a relationship between the two samples, but in this case the lab assistant involved was shocked by the similarity of each profile," the doctor told the Mississippi Herald.
"My first reaction was that they must have been less- closely related; perhaps they were first cousins, which happens sometimes. However, looking closer at samples, I noticed there were way too many similarities," said the doctor, who was not named by the daily.
The doctor consulted the patient's files and noted that both had the exact same birth dates listed in 1984.
"With this in mind, I was convinced that both patients were fraternal twins," he said.
Apparently, the couple were adopted by different families who did not know their child had a twin. It seemed the pair had been separated when their parents died in a car accident.
The couple who had met during college instantly hit it off, they fell in love and decided to get married.
However, the doctor did not know if the couple were already aware of this or totally oblivious.
When he brought up the issue at their next appointment, the doctor said they initially "burst out laughing" in disbelief.
"The husband said that a lot of people remarked on the fact they shared the same birthdays and looked similar to each other, but he said it was just a funny coincidence and that the couple were definitely not related," the doctor said.
"The wife kept pleading with me to admit I was joking, and I wish that I was, but they had to know the truth," the medic said.
After talking it through with the man and woman, the doctor was able to establish how this had all happened.
"The fact they'd both been adopted, after their parents had died, meant they'd both experienced a similar childhood, and they felt they could really connect with each other," the doctor said.
With no family willing to adopt them, they were put into the care of the state and adopted out into separate families. But neither of their new families were told that the child had a twin.
"I really hope they can work something out. For me, it's a particularly unusual case because my job is all about helping couples conceive a child. This is the first time in my career that I've been glad I haven't succeeded in that regard," the doctor said.
But, before jumping to the conclusion, readers may take note that the story is a fake and that there's not a legitimate news source called 'Mississippi Herald'. It is said that the site has only been around for a few months and appears tied to other fake news sites.
(With PTI inputs)