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Alison Spooner Gives Birth to Black and White Twins….Again!

Written by admin on Friday, January 2nd, 2009 in Mixed Children.

BLACK and white twins Hayleigh and Lauren Durrant proudly hold their new sisters Leah and Miya — who incredibly are ALSO twins with different coloured skin.

Their mixed-race parents Dean Durrant and Alison Spooner repeated the two-tone miracle after a seven-year gap.


Ebony and ivory ... Alison and Dean Durrant with two sets of twins - Hayleigh and Leah on left, and Lauren holding Miya

Ebony and ivory … Alison and Dean Durrant with two sets of twins – Hayleigh and Leah on left, and Lauren holding Miya


When the first set of twins arrived in 2001, the couple were astonished to see that Lauren took after her white mum, with blue eyes and red hair, while Hayleigh had black skin and hair like dad Dean.

Then this year Alison, 27, found she was expecting again — and lightning struck twice.

She had twin girls again. And little Miya was born with dark skin like her dad and Leah is white like former recruitment consultant Alison.

Dean, 33, of Fleet, Hants, said: “The girls just love Miya and Leah to bits.


“We didn’t think it was even possible when we had Lauren and Hayleigh — and it didn’t cross our minds that it could happen again. But we are just delighted that it has.”


Early days ... Hayleigh and Lauren in 2002

Early days … Hayleigh and Lauren in 2002


Alison said: “I was shocked when I first found out I was pregnant with twins again — but I never thought for one second they would turn out the same as last time.

“After the babies were born they weren’t breathing properly, so they were taken to a special care unit.

“It wasn’t until about five days after they were born that we saw them side by side for the first time.

“And when they were together it was clear that one was darker than the other. It was unbelievable.”

Staff at Frimley Park Hospital, in Surrey, decided to deliver the babies by Caesarean section after just 37 weeks of pregnancy, when scans revealed both were breach.

Doctors took 30 minutes to deliver them on November 13, with Miya weighing 4lb lloz and Leah 5lb 10oz.

Alison said: “Now the girls are back home with us and are very healthy. Lauren and Hayleigh think the new arrivals are fantastic.”

Block paver Dean said: “It was a real shock to the system when I found out we were having twins again. I didn’t think the same thing would happen again. The odds must be millions to one against it.


“It was really stressful when they were first born, because they were being kept in different parts of the hospital, and the difference in shade wasn’t apparent.


Keen reader ... Hayleigh

Keen reader … Hayleigh

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“I was running around all over the place between Alison and the girls and when we finally got them all together it was the first time I noticed the difference.

“I could tell straight away that one was darker than the other. But it wasn’t as much of a shock as last time, as we had already been in this situation once.”

He went on: “Leah and Miya are so small they haven’t been out much yet — but some people have looked at us a little bit funny when we’re with Lauren and Hayleigh due to the colour difference.

“Looking so different has never caused them any problems and I’m sure it won’t for Leah or Miya either. When people see Alison and I they tend to realise why our children are different.


Tomboy ... Lauren

Tomboy … Lauren

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“The most important thing is THEY know who their parents are. It doesn’t matter what anyone else might think.”

Alison agreed: “Everyone knows who their mum and dad is and it doesn’t cause any problems — why should it?

“We’ve had the odd comment from people about how different Lauren and Hayleigh look.

“Children at school used to say to them, ‘You can’t be twins because you’re different colours’.

“Some of the other mums didn’t believe they were twins either at first but then they see Dean and I together and realise.”

Dean added: “Having two sets of twins is absolutely hectic and we haven’t even had a chance to work out how much it will cost us.

“Thankfully we’ve had girls again, so we have some things put aside from when Lauren and Hayleigh were little. Friends and family are all offering help as well.”



Mixed emotions ... Durrant family

Mixed emotions … Durrant family

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Little Lauren said: “Me and Hayleigh are really good friends and we really enjoy playing puzzles together. It’s very exciting having two new baby sisters as well.”

Mixed twins are rare — but back in 2006 The Sun tracked down the parents of FOUR sets.

Terri and Malcolm Rayhaman, of Cricklewood, North London, were convinced there had been a mix-up in the IVF clinic when their tots were born.

Fair-skinned Luca was followed by his dark sister Marina.

Terri said: “It was such a dramatic difference. But as soon as I held Marina I knew she was mine.” Malcolm, the darker of the two, has a Turkish mother.

A couple from Basingstoke, Hants, had twin boys Oliver, who was dark skinned and Boyd, who was white. Mum Claire is white and dad Spencer is of mixed race.

Kylie Hodgson, of Nottingham gave birth to blonde, fair-skinned Remee and twin sister Kian, who is black, in 2006. Both parents were of mixed race.

And Kerry Richardson, of Middlesbrough, Teesside, told of her two-tone twin boys.

Layton is like his dad who is white. Kaydon is more like his mum, who is of English-Nigerian heritage.

Kerry said: “Everywhere we go you can see people looking and you can tell they are dying to comment. I have to explain they really ARE twins.”


Musical differences

AS well as different skin colours, Hayleigh and Lauren have totally different personalities and interests, mum Alison said.


The only thing the seven-year-old girls have in common is that they both dream of being in a pop band and becoming superstars when they are teenagers.


SHE loves High School Musical and sings and dances.

But she can quietly curl up with a book.

She likes to dress up in bright colours and to look adult.

Her favourite food is spaghetti bolognese but she will “eat anything”.


SHE is on the go all day and will happily help her mum with housework if she has nothing to do.

She is a tomboy who wears jeans and T-shirts and old trainers.

She loves Hannah Montana and scoffing pizza or curry.

Twin Sisters are Black and White – A Rare Occurrence

Written by admin on Tuesday, August 21st, 2007 in Mixed Children.


A mixed-race British mom gave birth to twins recently – one of each. Not a boy and a girl. Two girls – one black, the other white. The odds of such a birth are about a million to one, experts said. It was a shock when I realized that my twins were two different colors,” Kylie Hodgson, 19, told London’s Daily Mail. “But it doesn’t matter to us – they are just our two gorgeous little girls.”
When Kylie Hodgson gave birth to twin daughters by caesarean section, both her and partner Remi Horder were relieved that both had arrived safely.


As the midwife handed over both girls for Kylie to hold she noticed a difference in their colour. Remee, who weighed 5lb 15oz, was blonde and fair skinned. Her sister Kian, born a minute later weighing 6lb, was much darker.

‘It was a shock when I realised that my twins were two different colours,’ said 19 year-old Kylie. ‘But it doesn’t matter to us – they are just our two gorgeous little girls.’

Both Kylie and partner Remi Horder, are mixed race and though it may be no surprise to many mixed-race families to have children of different shades, it is a much rarer occurrence in twins.

According to the Multiple Births Foundation, baby Kian must have inherited the black genes from both sides of the family, whilst Remee inherited the white ones. The odds against of a mixed race couple having twins of dramatically different colours are apparently a million to one.

The twins were born by caesarean in April last year because one of the girls was lying in an awkward position in the womb.

‘I didn’t see them at first,’ added their mother. ‘They were both whisked away to be checked over and then the midwife came back and placed them both in my arms.’ ‘I noticed that both of them had blue eyes,’ said Kylie, ‘but whilst Remee was blonde, Kian’s hair was black and she had darker skin. It seemed strange, but I was feeling so ill that I didn’t really take it in at that stage.’

The next day she mentioned the colour difference to her mother, who told her that Remee’s skin would darken as she grew older. But as the weeks passed, Remee became lighter still while Kian went darker. And while Remee’s eyes stayed blue, Kian’s turned brown.

‘There are some similarities between them,’ said Kylie. ‘They both love apples and grapes, and their favourite television programme is Teletubbies. If they haven’t seen each other for a few hours, they are so pleased to see each other and will hold out their arms, wanting to hug each other. And their smiles just light up their faces. I’ll explain it all to them when they get older about why they look so different.’

Some may argue that Remee and Kian are black and white but to those who know better they are just mixed-race twins.


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