In what can surely only be described as the surprise of his life, a man in China was left shocked and baffled after discovering that there were two fathers to ‘his’ newborn twins.
Yep, you read that right. As per reports, the husband in question found out that the babies he thought were his actually had different fathers, after they underwent a DNA test as part of regular procedure to register their births in China.
Deng Yajun, director of Beijing Zhongzheng Forensic Identification Centre and the practitioner who produced the paternity report, explained to China News Weekly that odds of this happening are one in 10 million.
She said: “First, the mother needs to produce two eggs instead of one in the same month [to have twins]. Second, she needs to have intercourse with two men in really short space of time to make it possible.
“The results showed that the children have the same mother but not the same father. They have at least two fathers.”
The extremely rare occurrence is known as heteropaternal superfecundation, and can occur when a woman has sex with two different men within a day before or after ovulation.
This enables both of the eggs produced to be fertilised by different men, giving – as in this situation – two fathers to the same set of twins.
I can only imagine how the father in this situation reacted, effectively having learned that his wife had cheated on him through the birth of the newborns.
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