July 07, 2019
Most people expect twins to at least resemble each other and share similar skin tones but one mother was left stunned when she first laid eyes on her babies. She opened up about the questions she gets asked as a result of their appearance.
Judith Nwokocha, 38, gave birth to twins in 2016. She was shocked to find that they were born with different skin colors.
Her one baby was born as a black baby boy, Kamsi. However, on the other hand, her baby girl, Kachi, was born with pale white skin as she suffers from albinism.
Nwokocha is a photographer from Calgary, Canada. She was originally from Nigeria. When asked what her first thoughts about her children were she revealed that at first she was convinced they had mixed something up and given her the wrong baby in the hospital.
“I was shocked- I thought they had handed me somebody else’s baby, I didn’t believe she was mine,” she says.
“It never crossed my mind I was going to have an albino baby, we don’t have any in my family, nor my husband’s family,” explained Nwokocha.
However, now she says she has no doubts anymore. She believes there is a strong resemblance between her and her daughter, Kachi.
“Other than the fact that she is a different color, she looks exactly like me,” says Nwokocha proudly.
According to Nwokocha, she struggled to fall pregnant for eight years. She finally fell pregnant with IVF and had her twins.
The proud mama revealed that strangers are often surprised when they see her with the twins. She says:
“Most people don’t believe they’re twins- it’s also the hair texture that confuses them. Someone has asked me: ‘Where are her parents?’. I can see the look of shock in their faces when I tell them I’m her mum.”
She adds that although people are initially shocked, the response to her daughter in the UK is usually positive. She claims people "always tell me she is beautiful."
Since Kachi suffers from Albinism, a genetic condition that reduces the amount of melanin pigment formed in the skin, hair and/or eyes, there are certain precautions Nwokocha needs to take when they go out.
Nwokocha explains she needs to take particular care of Kachi’s skin and eyes as the lower melanin leaves her more prone to sun damage.
“She can’t do to the sun too long and her skin getting burned,” she says. “[Kachi’s] eyesight is quite sensitive and she needs to see a specialist every 6 months.”