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Doctor Is Baffled after Seeing a White Woman's Twins and One of Them Is Black

Ayesha Muhammad
May 05, 2022
09:40 P.M.
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When a couple's pediatrician saw their rare set of twins, she was utterly astounded and rendered speechless. Born to a white mother, the babies' varying skin color pointed to a mind-boggling medical rarity. 

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Families come in all colors, which makes them unique and beautiful. Modern-day scenarios have shown the world that love is the only determinant that binds people together and makes their hearts grow fonder. 

Ask any parent, and they'll tell you how much they love and cherish their children. All kids are profoundly special in their own way, and they deserve to be nurtured, pampered, and showered with tender love and care. 

Khristi Cunningham. | Source: youtube.com/ABC News

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At AmoMama, we love sharing heartwarming stories of exceptional individuals and extraordinary families, and today's story is a lovely continuation of this theme.

Often, childbirth sparks an interesting debate within families, which might prolong until a supposed conclusion is reached. Speculations rise whether the babies resemble their father, mother, or other relatives. 

Sometimes, it might be easy to tell who the child takes after, but it might be challenging to establish a concrete response. However, for an Ohio couple, the answer was surprisingly easy but oddly complicated at the same time. 

Khristi and Charles Cunningham. | Source: youtube.com/ABC News

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THE CUNNINGHAMS

Khristi and Charles Cunningham were not your average couple. Their paths first crossed in 2006 while working in a juvenile prison in Columbus, three hours away from their families. The pair felt an instant connection and decided to take their relationship forward.

The blog's editor, Suzy Richardson, was white and married to a black firefighter.

Later, they moved, found new jobs in an auto plant, and married. The newlyweds were eager to start a family and embrace parenthood, but in 2008, Khristi had a miscarriage due to an incompetent cervix and lost her son. 

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Charles Cunningham. | Source: youtube.com/ABC News

BECOMING PARENTS

Despite the setback, the couple from Akron, Ohio, kept trying to conceive again. Shortly afterward, they discovered they were pregnant with twins. While they were ecstatic to get pregnant again, they knew carrying the babies would be an enormous challenge. 

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The Cunninghams were told that if they safely reached 24 weeks, the twins would be viable outside the womb. They did that, and after holding on for an additional month, Khristi delivered the babies in September 2009. 

Before marriage, the couple's co-workers had difficulty accepting their biracial relationship. Resultantly, they lost their jobs at the auto plant, and Charles was reinstated only after the Ohio Civil Rights Commission investigated the matter.

[From left to right] Triniti and Ghabriel. | Source: youtube.com/ABC News

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TRINITI AND GHABRIEL

The couple's twins were born premature and arrived 11 weeks early, weighing three pounds each. Born to biracial parents, one of the twins was born black, and the other one was white. Regarding her rare set of twins, Khristi shared: 

"People ask, 'How did it happen?' We get a lot of stares, and I am sure people make comments behind my back."

It turned out that light-skinned, blue-eyed, and blonde-haired Ghabriel Cunningham looked like his mom, Khristi, who was white, while Trinity Cunningham took after her father, Charles, who was black, with her classic dark features and ebony complexion.

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Triniti [wearing red head band] and Ghabriel. | Source: youtube.com/ABC News

A MEDICAL MARVEL

Even though "Gabe," as his parents lovingly called him, looked heavier than his sister, their racial identity shocked people and left them at a loss for words. Khristi further described: 

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"I don't know how it happened. They are fraternal twins, so they aren't any closer than if they had been born years apart. Ours just happen to have the same birthday."

While Ghabriel and Triniti were a source of infinite joy to their family, their medical rarity meant they were always the center of attention. The Cunninghams expressed people often asked them weird questions regarding their twins.  

Ghabriel Cunningham. | Source: youtube.com/ABC News

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A SUBJECT OF INTEREST

Regarding some of the common questions that she was asked in public, Khristi recalled: 

"How close in age are they? Are you sure they are twins? How did that happen? Are they related? Are you sure?"

Even more bewildering was when Charles added that people even asked him and his wife if they were babysitting Ghabriel and Triniti. The siblings' contrasting colors even shocked the nurses and doctors. 

Triniti Cunningham. | Source: youtube.com/ABC News

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RARE AND BEAUTIFUL

In fact, according to Khristi, even the pediatrician was baffled when she saw the biracial twins. The strikingly dissimilar color combination of the twins is an incredibly rare phenomenon, the chances of which are only "one in a million."

It happens because skin and eye color are determined by multiple different genes, not a single one. Twins come in two types: identical or monozygotic and fraternal or dizygotic. Identical twins develop from one zygote that splits into two embryos. On the other hand, fraternal twins are two eggs that have been fertilized by separate sperm.

[From left to right] Ghabriel and Triniti. | Source: youtube.com/ABC News

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LOVED BEYOND MEASURE

While Khristi and Charles never wasted a single opportunity to make their kids feel special and loved, they stated that the world didn't always reciprocate or agree with their feelings. The Ohio mom recounted:

"No one gets to say if they are black or white. It's not a choice and to me they are perfect and will grow up to be loved."

Although Ghabriel and Triniti struggled initially to reach their developmental milestones, their mother revealed that they quickly caught up and adjusted to their lives. The doting mom also shared her story on the mixed-race blog, "mixedandhappy.com."

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[From left to right] Khristi, Triniti, Charles, and Ghabriel. | Source: youtube.com/ABC News

The blog's editor, Suzy Richardson, was white and married to a black firefighter. The couple had four kids and lived in Gainesville, Florida. Richardson grew up with a black stepdad and biracial sister, who were reportedly condemned by black and white people. 

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When she met her African-American husband, she knew he was "the one" for her. She started her blog after learning about a Louisiana judge in 2009 who refused to sign a marriage license for a biracial couple. 

The judge was said to be concerned that the couple might one day have mixed-race kids who either side would not accept. When Khristi's article was shared on the blog, she said it garnered mixed views from the readers. 

[From left to right] Khristi, Triniti, Charles, and Ghabriel. | Source: youtube.com/ABC News

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The Cunningham family's story teaches us that regardless of how different we might look on the surface, we have the same hearts and souls deep down, and with love, every battle can be won. Please share this story with your loved ones. 

Here's another story that you might like, and it's about a couple who were gifted with rare black and white twins and went on to receive the same blessing seven years later. Click here to view the complete story.  

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