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After having a premonition, a twin saves her sister's life.


They say twins have a connection that verges on a sixth sense -- and Leanne Houghton is the living proof.

The 15-year-old was close to drowning after she had a seizure in the bath, passed out and slipped under the water.

But twin sister Gemma came to her rescue after getting a "feeling" she was in trouble and that she ought to check on her.

Pulling Leanne from the bath to find she was no longer breathing, she resuscitated her before handing her over to paramedics.

This isn't the first time such a thing has occurred.

When 3-year-old Lily Slater was being treated for a cancerous brain tumor, her parents were advised to have Lily's twin sister, Willow, by her side. "They told us to bring her in to the hospital to be with Lily -- that it was the best medicine that she could ask for," said their mom, Shirley Lydon. Willow was present as at all times during Lily's treatments and slept in a camping bed in her hospital room every night.

The "prescription" seems to have worked, and Lily's cancer is now in remission. "The story doesn't surprise me at all," says associate professor of family medicine, Dr. Rachel Franklin, author ofExpecting Twins, Triplets and More: a Doctor's Guide to a Happy and Healthy Multiple Pregnancy.

"We have evidence in the medical literature about the power of twins to help one another during times of medical illness," she says. "Studies show newborn twins allowed to sleep together, where they could touch and see each other, had fewer temperature fluctuations, ate better, gained more weight and had less respiratory distress. They were discharged from the hospital earlier than twins given routine care."

In fact, says Franklin, the strong bond of twins has "resulted in more hospitals encouraging "co-sleeping" of multiples in the past few years and is likely what motivated the doctors in this case."

Does twin power go beyond the power to heal? Some people think so, and many a twin has claimed to have the ability to communicate telepathically with his or her sibling. However, no study has ever uncovered proof that twins can actually share their thoughts without speaking.

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Anonymous March 25, 2009, 11:00 PM

but I see some twins growing up competing with each other. maybe that’s just normal. people could be sooooo self-centered, that wont even love a person in the family that looks that similar with them. if they dont even like each other where’s the six sense come from. life is cruel.

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