Every baby is beautiful in their own way, but some are so special that they attract the attention of many and even make headlines. Such was the case with two baby girls from Argentina, twin sisters Catalina and Virginia.
When their parents, who already had a son, learned that they would be welcoming twins, they were overjoyed to say the least. However, what they didn’t expect was for the girls to have unique appearances.
When they were welcomed into the world back in 2018, the doctors were stunned by the look of the girls’ hair. It was snow white and they both resembled some perfect mythic character, like Princess Elsa from the popular Disney film Frozen.
”When they gave us the news that we would have two babies, it gave us a lot of happiness and when they were born and we saw that they were albinos, that happiness did not change at all. For us it is a blessing,” the girls’ father, Jorge, told local newspaper LV12.
Catalina and Virginia were born prematurely, at 36 weeks, but they were perfectly healthy. They weighted around 5.6 pounds each.
Doctors, as well as the parents, were totally smitten with the girls’ beauty and once a photo of them was shared online, everyone went crazy.
Catalina and Virginia were the first ever twins with albinism born in Argentina.
According to statistics, one in 18,000 to 20,000 babies is born with albinism in the United States. It is a genetic condition caused by the reduced amounts of melanin in the body. The word albino comes from the Latin word “albus,” which means white.
“When they gave us the news that we would have two babies, it gave us a lot of happiness and when they were born and we saw that they were albinos, that happiness did not change at all,” Jorge told LV12.
Of course, lacking the right amounts of melanin in the skin means the girls, as any other person affected by this condition, are extra sensitive to UV rays.
Catalina and Virginia are now 3 years old, and as the world forgot about them over the years, some new photos of them reminded us of their beautiful life story. The girls are perfectly healthy and lead a normal life.
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Their parents are determined to show the world that albinism can be beautiful. They hope their girls would grow up without being stared at or judged based on the way they look.