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. mm

    If this had happened naturally that would be fine. But to do this as a deliberate act is just dumb! A sure sign of what kinds of kids they are about to raise.

    January 4, 2011 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. PoPo

    I came here just to say that this is COMPLETELY OBAMA'S FAULT!

    January 4, 2011 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bill Orlly?

    I concur

    January 4, 2011 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joe

    This is pretty selfish of the parents... The girl is going to get teased for life from the brother, who likes to have a birthday at the very end of the year as opposed to January? NO ONE!

    January 4, 2011 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. j

    i love reading the cnn boards of hate. so many cold-hearted lonely internet readers hashing out their little-big man ego, spewing words of hate with the click of a keyboard. it's entertaining to see the dumbs vs. the dumbers. your comments (and ironically mine as well) are as pointless as this article, which sadly only proves that we Americans are turning into bigger and bigger idiots. as the world progresses and improves, we will continue to stuff our faces with gluttony and waste our days with reality tv and gossip magazines. thanks for the entertainment. (my guilty pleasure..)

    January 4, 2011 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. j

    but enough about me, who wants a mustache ride?

    January 4, 2011 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
  7. Get some tax advice

    What morons. Did anyone, including hospital staff, warn them of foolishly tossing aside the dependent exemption and child tax credit for kid #2 for 2010? They look like they could have really used it.

    January 4, 2011 at 4:34 am | Report abuse |
    • agrees fully

      I hope their 15 seconds of fame is worth more than the tax benefits of the same 2010 birth. Kids fight enough about stupid things, way to go by giving them a built in issue. I'd like to hear back in 21 years to see if the stunt was worth it.

      January 18, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kc

    t'aint newsworthy.

    January 4, 2011 at 4:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. omg

    i'm glad this mad the front page of cnn... i feel so much more informed about the world now.
    also, way to miss out on a tax credit by 1 minute... the dad is a packers fan living in illinois though.. i guess that explains a lot

    January 4, 2011 at 5:08 am | Report abuse |
    • McCarthy

      That's because The Bears suck.

      January 7, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. O2BnCLT

    So, this doctor's "great" idea to have the twins delivered in seperate years will now cost the family a 2010 child tax credit for one of them instead of delivering them both before the stroke of midnight. Good job, Doc.

    January 4, 2011 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. WHAT!

    Oh come on, this women just had twins a month earily. God bless you and your family.

    January 4, 2011 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dim Luan

    This must happen regularly on new years eve. A triplet, born in 3 different years. Now that would be something (and painful).

    January 4, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. Rearview

    Looks like she might have a couple more in her.

    January 4, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. jules

    As a parent to twins, that would annoy me and it is stupid. My twins wouldn't like it. They lost a tax deduction, credit and likely will have to pay double the insurance premiums since it is the start of a new year/deductible. However, I guess it is a fun story to tell and it got them on CNN – HA!

    January 4, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. sneed

    smh...i thot this was abt the twins.!!

    January 4, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
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