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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Meet the miracle twins ... born five years apart

MINI-ME: Reuben's little sister came from same IVF embryos

REUBEN Blake went back to school today, but his twin sister will have to wait another five years until she is old enough.

That is because, despite the fact the brother and sister were conceived from the same batch of embryos, they were born five years apart to parents Simon and Jody Blake.

Mr Blake (45) and his 38-year-old wife had been trying to start a family without success and began fertility treatment in 2005.

During the medical process, five embryos were created and two implanted in Mrs Blake, which resulted in the birth of Reuben on December 9 2006. The remaining three embryos were frozen until the couple, decided to try for another child.

Against the odds, Floren arrived on November 16, 2011 -- two weeks before her due date -- but five years after her twin brother.

"I tell everybody I can," said Mr Blake, from Cheltenham in the south-west of Britain.



AMAZED

"Just in kind of mundane settings where people take an interest in a newborn baby and with Reuben around as well, I find it very difficult to resist the temptation to say 'Oh and by the way they are twins'.

"It's almost just to see people's response. They are really amazed and surprised." His wife said, even at his young age, Reuben was aware of the special relationship he has with his seven-week-old sister.

"He knows that she's been in the freezer -- he likes to say she has been in the freezer with the chips and the chicken -- so he is sort of aware that she is his twin, but obviously he doesn't really understand how it's all worked really," she said.

"They do look very similar. Reuben was just a bigger version of Floren when he was born, so certainly there are similarities physically.

"She does look like a mini version of him really."

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