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Meet the local twins born in different years

A local set of twins were born in different years -- 2017 and 2018 -- at Delano Regional Medical Center in Delano, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Kristen Powers)

What are the chances of having twins born in different years?

"It's pretty unusual. I would say it's pretty rare," Dr. Seyed Tamjidi said. "I've been doing this for 35 years, and I've never had this before."

Tamjidi delivered a set of twins at Delano Regional Medical Center on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Hospital staff said the boy was the last baby born in 2017, and his twin sister was the first baby born in 2018.

Joaquin Jr. Ontiveros was born at 11:58 p.m. Dec. 31, 2017. He was 18 inches long and 5 pounds, 9 ounces.

Aitana de Jesus Ontiveros was born at 12:16 a.m. Jan. 1, 2018. She is 16½ inches long and 4 pounds, 10 ounces.

The mother, Maria Esperanza Flores Rios, said it was a high-risk pregnancy, so she feels blessed both babies are healthy.

Her due date was Jan. 27, but she had a C-section scheduled for Jan. 10.

The parents said they are overjoyed with the early surprise.

Every year, the hospital collects donations to shower the first baby born in the new year with gifts.

Matthew Cauthron, marketing director at Delano Regional Medical Center, said the twins will go home with more than $3,000 worth of baby supplies.

"It's a good way to start the new year," Cauthron said.

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