- Fowzia and Fatima Fillies have turned 6 years old
- They are identical twins and both have Down Syndrome
- An expert said chances of having such twins are 1 in a million
A rare set of identical twins with Down Syndrome is turning six years old on 2 August — and both are growing from strength to strength.
Fowzia and Fatima Fillies live in Lentegeur, Cape Town, Briefly.co.za learned. Their family will host their neighbours to celebrate the twins' big day.
According to Tineke Ganz-Malan, a Western Cape provincial government health official, it is rare to have identical twins who both have the condition.
Speaking to Daily Voice, Ganz-Malan said:
Internationally, there is a 1 to 2 in a million chance that a set of identical twins with Down Syndrome will be born. Here in the Western Cape, Fatima and Fowzia are the only ones I know of.
The girls' mom, 46-year-old Mymoena Williams-Fillies, said her adorable daughters have brought untold joy to her life.
She said she and her husband declined doctors' advice to abort their twins once it was discovered that they had the Syndrome.
However, the proud parents had to learn to be patient with the girls, who Mymoena said can be demanding at times.
Nevertheless, she said the twins have bright smiles and love each other. She also has a nickname for them borne out of their vivacious personalities — "little firecrackers."
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