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January 27, 2022

Greenfield twins born minutes apart in different years

Family celebrates Monterey County’s first birth of 2022

GREENFIELD — Greenfield twins Aylin and Alfredo Trujillo were born just 15 minutes apart, but what makes their birth so rare is that it happened on different days, months and years.

Aylin Yolanda Trujillo entered the world exactly at midnight on Saturday, Jan. 1, making her the first baby born at Natividad Medical Center and in Monterey County in 2022. Her twin brother, Alfredo Antonio Trujillo, was delivered first at 11:45 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2021.

Aylin weighed in at 5 pounds, 14 ounces, while big brother Alfredo weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce.

Greenfield mother Fatima Madrigal holds Aylin Trujillo (left), who arrived Jan. 1, 2022, just 15 minutes after her twin brother, Alfredo Trujillo, who was born Dec. 31, 2021. (Natividad)

There are about 120,000 twin births in the United States every year, making up just over 3% of all births. Twins with different birthdays, however, are rare — with some estimating the chance of twins being born in different years as one in 2 million.

“It’s crazy to me that they are twins and have different birthdays,” said mother Fatima Madrigal of Greenfield. “I was surprised and happy that she arrived at midnight.”

The fraternal twins join three older siblings, two girls and a boy. Madrigal said her oldest son was excited that one of the babies was a boy and that her family can’t wait to meet them.

“This was definitely one of the most memorable deliveries of my career,” said Dr. Ana Abril Arias, a family doctor at Natividad Medical Group and faculty at Natividad. “It was an absolute pleasure to help these little ones arrive here safely in 2021 and 2022. What an amazing way to start the New Year!”

Aylin and Alfredo Trujillo join three older siblings, two girls and a boy. The Greenfield family was surprised to find out that the fraternal twins have different birthdays, with one born in 2021 and the other in 2022. (Natividad)
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