HFS! WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Couple go in for IVF treatment.

Get DNA test.

Find out they are fraternal twins separated at infancy due to parents’ deaths.

What would YOU do?

I normally have a response to virtually anything but this one’s got me sitting on the fence.

A doctor at a fertility clinic in the Mississippi capital of Jackson has made a startling revelation concerning a couple who sought treatment at the center. The married pair, who cannot be named to due to patient confidentiality restrictions, had been struggling to conceive and came to the clinic to take part in the IVF program.

“During the in vitro fertilization process, we take a DNA sample from both the male and female to get a profile of their genetic backgrounds,” the doctor involved told Mississippi Herald, whose name must also be suppressed to protect the identities of the patients.

“It’s just a routine thing, and we wouldn’t normally check to see if there was a relationship between the two samples, but in this case the lab assistant involved was shocked by the similarity of each profile.” The lab assistant summoned the doctor, who knew almost instantly that the patients must have been related.

“My first reaction was that they must have been less-closely related; perhaps they were first cousins, which does happen sometimes. However, looking closer at the samples, I noticed there were way too many similarities.” The doctor consulted the patient’s files, and noted with shock that both had the exact same birth dates listed in 1984. “With this in mind, I was convinced that both patients were fraternal twins.

The doctor now had a dilemma on his hands: did the married couple already know that they were twins, and had yet still married and now hoped to conceive a child together? Or were they blissfully unaware of the situation. “It was a difficult subject to raise, but I had to discuss it with them,” said the doctor.

During their next appointment at the clinic, the doctor did his best to break the news gently. “They burst out laughing when I asked them if they knew they were twins,” he said. “The husband said that a lot of people remarked on the fact that they shared the same birthdays, and looked similar to each other, but he said it was just a funny coincidence and that the couple were definitely not related. The poor man had no idea.”

After the doctor insisted that the DNA evidence proved the pair were twins, the couple started to take him more seriously. “The wife kept pleading with me to admit I was joking, and I wish that I was, but they had to know the truth,” said the doctor.

Once the news had sunk in, the doctor tried to establish how the twin brother and sister had unknowingly wed each other. “From what we were able to piece together, the biological parents of the couple had died in a car crash when the couple were infants, and they had no close family willing to adopt them. They’d been taken into state care, and were adopted out to separate families. Due to a filing error, neither foster family had ever been told that their adopted child had a twin.”

The doctor explained that the couple had met during college, and a relationship between the pair soon flourished. “They were attracted to each other due to their similarities,” said the doctor. “The fact that they’d both been adopted, after their parents had died, meant they’d both experienced a similar childhood, and they felt they could really connect with each other. If only they had known the truth, it could have saved them so much pain later on.”

For now, the couple are reported to be considering the future of their relationship. “I really hope they can work something out,” said the doctor. “For me, it’s a particularly unusual case because my job is all about helping couples conceive a child. This is the first time in my career that I’ve been glad I haven’t succeeded in that regard.”

From a legal standpoint, marriage between siblings in Mississippi is prohibited and subject to a prison term of up to 10 years. However, the maximum fine is only $500, which critics have claimed encourages marriage between siblings or close relatives. In this case, however, it is believed the couple involved will not face charges due to the unique circumstances of their case.

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6 Responses to HFS! WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

  1. bogsidebunny says:

    What a shock she must be in finding out she’s “bonkin the bro”!

    And he’s been “screwin’ the sis”?

    This will probably make it to Dr. Phil’s show in a week or two.

  2. redneckgeezer says:

    I contemplated “what would you do” for a minute and the only response I could come up with was, freak out. The thought of boinking one of my sisters is enough to make me gag. I might boink somebody else’s sister, that would be fine. Then again, I’m doing that already.

    Bogside is right, probably on Dr. Phil or Jerry Springer. Maybe their upscale and will go on Oprah.

  3. dekare says:

    Kinda like that movie…Liar’s Moon. It is a shit situation all around. I mean, here you are, madly in love with your supposed soul mate, and it turns out you two shared living space years earlier for about 9 months.

    My wife and I joke about this as we both look amazingly alike. We have the same exact color hair, same blue eyes, same freckles, same blood type, and many same features and so on. I am just over a year older than her and we have been asked if we were brother and sister by several people many times over the years…especially when we were young, as we started dating as teenagers. Furthermore, my mom and her dad hung out at the same night clubs, and, sadly, my mother did have a reputation for sleeping around. I was told that her song was “Run Around Sue”. This, combined with the fact that my wife’s dad fooled around quite a bit, and divorced after less than 4 years of marriage from my wife’s mom. And for the record, he had two kids from another woman, and was married three times.

    Now, on my situation, I have a brother and a sister. My both have the same mom, but all different dads. My older sister has a man in the Navy, my dad was a Air Force guy, and my brother is the guy I call dad now. Also, my birth papers list neither my correct dad or mother. My mother was pregnant with me, but was separated from her first husband, and living with her current boyfriend, who was not my dad. She got pregnant by a guy in between the two. So, in order to get my birthing covered by insurance, she used her boyfriend’s insurance, who was in the union up north, and had great coverage at the time. However, the boyfriend (the guy she was with, but not my father) was married to someone else, but separated as well. So, my mother claimed she was the wife when filling out the hospital forms. So, according my my birth papers, my mom’s boyfriend is listed as my dad, and his wife is listed as my mom.

    Anyway, I have thought that maybe, just maybe, it could be possible…but we laugh and hope we are not. If we were, oh well. We have no kids, and been married 26 years now…so even if she was my sis…I guess I would just keep it in the family.

    As for these young folks who so badly wanted a child, I really cannot think of anything worse. I hope they come to some arrangement…maybe stay married and adopt.

    What a nightmare.

  4. They should just convert to pisslam, in which case it would all be hunky-dory.

    Or they could make a fortune doing incest porn films.

    Of course, I’m thinking of that scene from the movie Joe Dirt. “I’m your sister, I’m your sister!”

  5. There was a classic episode of House that covered this scenario. Aside from the
    fact that their offspring might have issues, mommy and daddy might have health
    issues from doing the horizontal bop.

    This is over and above the scene from deliverence. Wow, cue the music:

  6. Capt. Craig says:

    The skeptic in me says, hold on a minute and let’s check this out.

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