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Twins born 2 minutes and 1 year apart

An unusual event occurred in the Croatian coastal town of Split as it welcomed the New Year. Two girls were born two minutes apart in two different years. The first was born at 23:59 on 31st of December 2023; her sister, unable to celebrate the New Year with her parents, was born a minute after midnight on 1st of January 2024. Together, the twins became the last and first babies to be born in each year in Croatia.


On Monday morning, as the phenomenon made local and national news headlines, Split’s mayor Blaženko Boban visited the local maternity hospital, where the two girls were born. He brought gifts for Dr. Damir Roje – head of the hospital’s perinatology department - and for the mother of the two newborns. “I wish you much God’s blessing, peace, happiness and joy,” the mayor later wrote on his social media.


“It is really an unusual situation, I’ve never had a case like this in my entire career,” said Dr. Roje in an interview with Večernji List. Later he added that while he had seen cases of twins being born one before and the other after midnight, never had it happened on the New Year.


“This birth will surely remain in the annals. When chronologies and monographs are written, they will certainly be mentioned”. He finished his statement by saying “There was a really unusual situation last night, when the twins were born just like in Gibonni’s poem – at midnight, one a little earlier, the other later. We are looking forward to everything unusual, which we of course find amazing and cheerful.”


Global interest in the twins' remarkable birth has resulted in widespread news coverage of the Croatian hospital. Newspapers from all over the world were writing about this unique phenomenon, declaring it to be a “New Year’s miracle in Split”. The twins' extraordinary birth tale brought a sense of amazement to the yearly celebration as the world welcomed the New Year. This lucky family will now have two reasons to celebrate come December 31st.


 


Edited by Tatyana Kekic


Image - Blaženko Boban Facebook


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