British couple has ‘black-and-white twins’ twice

British couple has ‘black-and-white twins’ twice

A mixed-race couple has wowed Britain with a set of twins, one lack and one white – for the second time.

Dean Durrant, who is black, and his wife, Alison Spooner, who is white, welcomed twin girls in November, one of them dark-toned, the other very fair, The Sun reports.

It was a miraculous repeat of 2001, when the couple had their first children, also twin girls, and also of opposite skin tones. Their older siblings Lauren and Hayleigh, born in 2001, also have strikingly different skin tones and eye colors.

Dean Durrant’s newborn daughter Miya has dark skin like him.

Twin sister Leah has fair skin like her blue-eyed, red-haired mother, Alison Spooner.

“There’s no easy way to explain it all. I’m still in shock myself,” Durrant, 33, told Sky News on Wednesday.

Both sets of twins are fraternal rather than identical, meaning they are the product of two separately fertilized eggs, so it is not unusual that they don’t look alike. Miya’s skin color was more influenced by her father’s genes, while Leah takes after her mother.

But scientists say it’s rare for a couple to have two sets of twins, end even rarer for them to have such different appearances.

The twins were born prematurely in November in Frimley, southern England, and spent several weeks in the hospital. They are now at home with their parents in Fleet, 40 miles southwest of London.

Source:nbcnews.com, people.com

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