Twins born in separate years, by parents' choice
January 3rd, 2011
07:08 PM ET

Twins born in separate years, by parents' choice

If Madisen Carin Lewis ever starts teasing her twin brother by claiming to be a calendar year older than him, the boy will have his parents and his mother's doctor to blame.

The twins were intentionally delivered on different sides of the 2010/2011 divide by cesarean section in a Rockford, Illinois, hospital after a complication led a doctor to determine they needed to be born a month early, CNN affiliate WREX reported.

Madisen was born with one minute left in 2010 on Friday night, and her brother, Aiden Everette Lewis, was delivered seconds after midnight.

Their due date was January 28, but a doctor recommended an early C-section because of the complication, WREX reported. That gave the parents, Ashley Fansler and Brandon Lewis, the opportunity to choose to deliver the babies in different years.

"[The doctor] said, 'You know, if we wanted to deliver one this year and then one next year, we could do that if … everything is open," Brandon Lewis told WREX. "We decided to do it that way, and everything worked out."

Aiden was Rockford's first baby born in 2011, the Rockford Register Star reported.

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  1. McDuck

    I gave birth to a tomato. If i also gave birth to a jalapeno i would've made salsa.

    January 3, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sutler

      I got the chips!

      January 4, 2011 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Fiona

    Lot of trolls strolling thru here tonight! It's been a problem; that's why everything is so chaotic.
    I'm not sure I would have done the same as these parents, but it's their choice, and ultimately they have to live with it. Good or bad, the kids do, too. Hope they have a long, healthy life filled with happiness and joy.
    There sure isn't any going around tonight!

    January 3, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. @McDuck

    Go duck yourself!

    January 3, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JH1

    @ CNN: I suggest you drop your Most Intriguing Person series in favor of a Most facepalm.jpg Gimmick 'News' Story series.

    January 3, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. LILMiss

    OOOOOO So, that's why those 5,000 birds fall dead out of the sky around midnight new years eve!!!!

    January 3, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. LILMiss

    Again, OOOOOO So, that's why those 5,000 birds fall dead out of the sky around midnight new years eve!!!!

    I'm trying to change the subject here people. Lighten up and get back to the twins 🙂

    January 3, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JustAGirl

    This happens every year, both by accident and intentionally (though it sounds like the different years were not intentional so much as the inducing of labor itself). Big deal. I'm a twin and honestly I think I'd hate it if my birthday were different than my brothers. We had a hard enough time convincing kids at school we were twins, lol. Trying to explain being boy-girl twins AND having different birthdays... *shakes head* Poor kids

    January 3, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • teeter

      Didn't read the same story I did, I guess. The c-section was planned. Labor wasn't induced. They intended to do this. Idiots (the parents, not you).

      January 4, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  8. Johnny

    On the bright side at least she can claim one child on her 2010 taxes

    January 3, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. moneygrab

    Just a hope to get something for the new year.........but had they delivered both in 2010, they'd have TWO TAX DEDUCTIONS

    January 3, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. moneygrab

    sounds to me like they are just trying to grab some attention and maybe money......but how about TWO TAX DEDUCTIONS IN 2010 INSTEAD OF JUST ONE.

    January 3, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatttt

      Well, considering that the births were premature, the couple had originally not planned on ANY tax deduction in 2010. So one birth in 2010 was actually a bonus.

      January 25, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. #this is dumb

    that doctor is a quack.

    January 4, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. Sara

    Wow, sucks for the parents when tax time comes around... only 1 can be claimed on the 2010 return, lol!!!

    January 4, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. @Lauren


    January 4, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. CNN Wire Staff

    @Lauren Studies are inconclusive.

    January 4, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff Frank

    Congrats to the parents. Yes, the little babies are cute. Can't see them to well in their little blankies. But their cute. Enough said. Have a great New Year.

    January 4, 2011 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
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