A black mother who gave birth to one black and one white twin has revealed her surprise when she first saw them.
She thought she had been given the wrong baby.
38-year-old Judith Nwokocha was stunned when she first saw her baby boy, Kamsi, who has a dark complexion, and her baby girl, Kachi, who was then diagnosed with albinism.
Judith and her husband, also black, struggled for eight long years before she became pregnant through IVF.
Now three, people do not believe the children are theirs because of their skin colors. But the twins ‘haven’t noticed anything different’ and have a ‘great’ relationship.
“Most people don’t believe they’re twins,” Judith said. “It’s also [Kachi’s] hair texture that confuses them. Someone has asked me, “Where are her parents?”
“I can see the look of shock in their faces when I tell them I’m her mother.”
She added: “I haven’t had any negative reaction from anyone, they always tell me she is beautiful.”
After discovering she was pregnant, the parents were told that the twins might be born with Down syndrome.
“I remember going for my first scan when they told me, “You are having a baby”, and I said, “No, I’m having two.” I knew, without a doubt.
“The second scan revealed we were having twins. I was told the twins might have Down Syndrome. At seven weeks, Kachi was always behind.
“She was very small, she stopped growing. I remember the doctors telling me she might not make it. I’m so grateful she did.”
Judith continued: “She didn’t cry initially, so I was thinking, “What’s going to happen, how is she going to be?””
Speaking about the moment she first held Kachi, Judith said: “I was shocked. ‘I thought they had handed me somebody else’s baby, I didn’t believe she was mine.
“It never crossed my mind I was going to have an albino baby, we don’t have any in my family, nor my husband’s family.
“It was a real shock for me, I was thinking, “What are they doing, why did they give me someone else’s baby?”
“And then I thought, “Could it be I got somebody else’s?” But I was just glad she was perfect. Both were healthy.”
She added: “Other than the fact that she is different colour, she looks exactly like me.”
Kachi was diagnosed with Oculocutaneous Albinism type 2. It is an inherited condition in which people don’t produce enough melanin and it affects their skin, hair, and eyes.
Judith added: “Today, my daughter is three years old [and] her personality amazes me.
“Most times I stare at her, knowing how long it took for her to come into my life, the odds she’s been through and already conquered. She’s so smart and has a strong personality. She knows what she wants and will always go for it.
“I always tell her how beautiful she is, because she really is. I wouldn’t trade her condition for a million dollars because she’s perfect to me in every way. Albinism may have its challenges but I’m teaching her to be strong and conquer whatever may come her way.”
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