Mia Washington of Dallas, Texas, gave birth to twins, but what she didn’t know was that an affair she had would be brought to light after the birth of her sons. Two of Washington’s eggs were fertilized by the sperm of two different men. After noticing that 11-month-old twins Justin and Jordan were developing different facial features, Washington and partner James Harrison decided the family should undergo DNA testing. Didn’t I see this on an episode of “All My Children”?The paternity test found zero chance of the twins having the same father. “Out of all people in America and of all people in the world, it had to happen to me. I’m very shocked,” said Washington. Clear Diagnostics, the lab that conducted the tests, has never seen a similar result. “It is very crazy. Most people don’t believe it can happen, but it can,” said Genny Thibodeaux, the lab’s president. Although rare, this does happen in a handful of cases, and the medical world has even given it a name — heteropaternal superfecundation. This type of conception occurs when a woman releases multiple eggs during ovulation. If the woman gets it on, unprotected, with more than one guy in the same time span, then – bingo-bango – sperm cells from any of the partners can fertilize separate eggs.
Harrison said he has forgiven Washington and plans to stay with his fiance to raise both sons as his own. “It’s a day-by-day thing,” he said. “It’s going to take time to build that trust like we had.” The parents said they’ll tell the boys they have different fathers when they’re old enough to understand. However, Washington has no plans to tell the other father. [Impact Lab]