Twin sisters born in different countries claim world record after nearly 40 years (Photos)


Twins who were born in different countries have claimed the world record after nearly 40 years.

Heidi Gannon and Jo Baines, from Powys, were born on different sides of the Welsh border.

But the sisters’ world record only came to light after an investigation uncovered a mistake in this year’s book of Guinness World Records, WalesOnline reported.

The 39-year-olds have had a crazy week after their story came to light when they discovered three-year-old twins in Northumberland had been given the title in this year’s Guinness Book of Records.

Heidi and Jo were born on September 23, 1976 – Heidi at 9am at Welshpool Hospital and Jo an hour and 45 minutes later in Shrewsbury.

Wales OnlineTwins born in separate countries claim world record after nearly 40 years
Surprise: Mum Carol didn’t know she was expecting twins

Mum Carol Munro and dad Graham Roberts didn’t know they were expecting twins, so after Heidi was born, the umbilical cord was cut before they realised there was another baby.

Since Welshpool Hospital was a small cottage hospital, the family were rushed to Shrewsbury for specialist care – and so the twins were born on different sides of the border 10 days before their due date.

Heidi weighed in at 5lb 4oz and Jo at 6lb 8oz. Despite being bigger, Jo was kept in special care for four days.

They were dubbed the “international twins” and appeared in national newspapers as newborns draped in English and Welsh flags – even exchanging birthday cards from the Welsh and English border for their 10th birthday.

It was only when Heidi was looking through the 2016 Guinness Book of Records which her son bought after Christmas that she noticed an incorrect entry for the first twins to be born in different countries.

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Dylan and Hannah Fox were given the title after Dylan was born in Northumberland, England, and Hannah in Scotland in 2012 after complications required specialist attention.

Wales OnlineTwins born in separate countries claim world record after nearly 40 years
Family: Jo, left, and Heidi, right, with mum Carol

Heidi and Jo sent copies of their birth certificates so they could rightfully claim their title which Guinness World Records has now confirmed.

Heidi said she and Jo are both happy the issue can now be put to bed.

She said: “I’m glad it’s been resolved. We just didn’t expect it to be a record in the first place.

“It never even crossed our minds. It’s lovely that we have got the record but I still feel bad for the twins.

“It’s just the way it goes but I still feel a little bit guilty.

“The kids in school have been asking ‘are you in the Guinness Book of Records yet, miss?’ It’s mad.”

A Guinness World Records spokesman said: “We were made aware of Ms Baines and Ms Gannon’s claim for this record and after some research involving our twins consultant we have been able to verify that they are indeed the first twins born in different countries.

“We would like to extend our thanks to the twins for getting in touch. We pride ourselves on being a great source of knowledge and education as well as entertainment and without contact from our record holders we wouldn’t be able to maintain the high standards we have strived for over the last 61 years.”

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