A mother at the Nottingham City Hospital in Nottinghamshire, England has given birth to a one in a million set of twins.
- Twins Ayon and Azirah were born in April with completely different skin tones.
- The twins’ mother Chantelle Broughton, 29, said they make the family ‘unique’.
- Nurse Chantelle said some people question if the twins are actually her children.
Such births are so rare, genetics experts have previously estimated them at one in a million.
After her son Ayon was delivered with fair skin and green eyes, Chantelle was shocked to then deliver her daughter Azirah, who had a much darker complexion and brown eyes.
Chantelle believes Azirah (left) has a darker complexion because her maternal grandfather is Nigerian and the twins’ father Ashton is half Jamaican.
The mum-of-three revealed the twins did not look too different from each other at birth but as the weeks went by, Azirah’s skin complexion started getting ‘darker and darker’.
Azirah is really laid back and chilled, whereas Ayon was wants a lot more attention. ‘He always wants to be rocked and is constantly babbling along. Azirah doesn’t do that very often.’
“I have noticed they are really staring at each other now and smiling more.”Chantelle Broughton
With the twins now four months old, Chantelle says the pair’s complexions contrast more than when they were first born.
“As time is going on she seems to be getting darker and darker. I think their hair will be different too. The girl will have thick and curly hair and the boy’s will be completely different. You can already feel the difference in texture.”Chantelle Broughton
She said dad Ashton, a 29-year-old construction worker, jokes and asks about them being the delivery driver’s children.
Ashton said Ayon and Azirah are also different in terms of personality.
“She’s quite chilled and laid-back while he’s a bit needy. He doesn’t like to just sit there while she’ll just lay back all chilled.”Ashton Broughton
Chantelle says she looks white but is mixed race due to having a Nigerian maternal granddad. The twins father, Ashton is half Jamaican and half Scottish.
How a child’s skin color is Determined!
Skin color is an example of genetic influence. It depends on the amount of melanin found in the skin cells, this amount is predetermined by the genetic blueprint of each cell.
There are an infinite number of different skin colors, known as phenotypes. These range from black, dark brown, brown, light brown to white skin.
Each expression of melanin has an accumulating effect on skin tone – in other words, the more there is in each parent’s genes, the darker that person will be.
Therefore, a babys color will usually depend on the predominating amount of melanin in their parents genes. Although again, it is possible, though fairly infrequent, that dark-skinned parents give birth to a pale-skinned child, or vice versa, if their own parents or grandparentsare paler or lighter than they are.
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