Fatima Madrigal, a California mother, gave birth to twins 15 minutes apart in different years: New Year’s Eve 2021 and midnight New Year’s Day 2022!
The incredible and rare event occurred this past Friday night, when Greenfield natives Fatima Madrigal and her husband, Robert Trujillo, welcomed the birth of their newborn boy, Alfredo, at 11:45 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 2021.
Just 15 minutes later, Fatima welcomed in Aylin, a little girl, when the clock struck midnight on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022. Her brother, Alfredo, weighed 6 lbs., 1 oz., while his sister came in at 5 lbs., 14 oz.
“Baby Aylin Yolanda Trujillo was born exactly at midnight in 2022, but get this: Her twin brother, Alfredo Antonio Trujillo, was born 15 minutes before in 2021!” the Natividad Medical Center posted on Facebook.
Photos of the new happy family were also shared, including photos of the new twins swaddled up in blankets with cute, little pink hats, as well as a photo of the two babies in their mother’s smiling arms.
“It’s crazy to me that they are twins and have different birthdays,” Madrigal said in a press release from the Natividad Medical Center said in the Facebook release. “I was surprised and happy that she arrived at midnight.”
Both babies are reportedly healthy and doing fine.
“This was definitely one of the most memorable deliveries of my career,” said Dr. Ana Abril Arias, a family doctor for the Natividad Medical Group. “It was an absolute pleasure to help these little ones arrive here safely in 2021 and 2022. What an amazing way to start the New Year!”
The chance of twins being born in different years was a “1 in 2 million chance,” according to the hospital.
Newborns Alfredo and Aylin will be taken home with their mother next where they will meet their three older siblings, one brother and two sisters, according to People. Fatima Madrigal’s eldest son is reportedly very happy to have a brother, as he grew up with two sisters. The rest of the family can’t wait to meet the new additions, as well.
Twin births account for 3% of all births, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with usually 120,000 twin births every year in the United States. There are also 3,136 triplets born in America every year, and another 150 quadruplets.
Typically, every New Year’s Eve one lucky family gives birth to twins born in different years. On New Year’s Day in 2020, however, twins Joslyn Grace Guilen Tello and Jaxon DeWayne Mills Tello were technically born in different decades. Welcomed by Dawn Gilliam and Jason Tello, an Indianapolis couple, twins Joslyn and Jaxon were born 30 minutes apart, with Joslyn born in 2019 and Jaxon in 2020.
The family was worried because they were both born seven weeks earlier than expected, but both newborns were healthy. “We’re still in shock,” mom Dawn Gilliam told local reporters back in 2020. “We joked about it before knowing that we were in labor.”
In 2000, an even more amazing birth occurred when twins Jacob and Jordan Wellman arrived in Indianapolis just three minutes apart at 11:59 p.m. in 1999 and 12:01 a.m. in 2000. Born in different millennia to Julie Wallman of Indiana, she told local reporters at the time that “We got the best of both years.”
“The first baby of the millennium and a tax deduction,” she said. “They’re special, and we wanted to make it even more special, be a part of history.”
What a way to ring in the New Year!