Meet Oliver and Isaac Best who were conceived at the same time through IVF but born two years apart.

The Mirror reports, parents Rachael and Richard Best, from Leicester, made the decision to freeze their embryos from a successful round of IVF, which was their seventh attempt.

Full-time mum Rachael, 35, said: “The first time they put Isaac into my arms brought tears to my eyes, it was amazing.

“I thought I would never experience the feeling I had with Oliver again but it matched it – it was so special.

“Seeing the look on my husband’s face was amazing too as he never thought it would happen.

The couple had six gruelling attempts at IVF which either resulted in failure to conceive or miscarriage.

Rachael admitted: “Both of which were equally as shattering as the other, which was hard for some people to understand, as surely a miscarriage is worse.

“For me, a failure was just as painful.”

Rachael was determined to keep trying despite the medical and financial constraints and decided to undergo a seventh round using Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) treatment.

It was a success and Oliver was born at Leicester Royal Infirmary on March 22 weighing 7lbs 6oz.

Two embryos from the same batch were frozen and two years later both were thawed out for Rachael’s eighth round of IVF.

“We always knew we would do it again with those embryos,” Rachael said. “We wanted to go with those ones rather than go through a fresh cycle, it was just a question of finding the right time.”

Little Isaac made an early appearance on March 17, weighing 8lb 9oz and the pair who are technically twins are now inseparable.


Rachael said: Oliver’s fantastic with Isaac – he absolutely adores him and is always hugging him.
“He’s brilliant and if Isaac cries Oliver runs over to comfort him.”

What an amazing story!

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  • They are not twins. They don’t have the same genetic information, AND by definition a “TWIN” is two babies which share the same BIRTH!

    • Actually thats not medically correct. You can have multiple births where they deliver a baby (the stronger one) or two so that it gives the others a better chance of surviving and the ability to stay in the womb and grow a little more before being born. This has happened in cases of twins, triplets, etc


  • Oh wow, what a story and what beautiful children.


  • that’s beautiful. that would be story to tell when the boys gets older to pass on to their children saying this is my twin brother!


  • Technology is simply amazing! We have friends who have had the same experience, and their children are totally adorable! Such a heart lifting story!


  • What an incredible story. Blessed with two healthy babies.


  • Thats a beautiful way to end a painful story.


  • the wonder of science is just amazing..all my best wishes to all.


  • I wonder if they will identify as twins or just brothers?


  • What a amazing story and such cute kids, I hope they enjoy every moment with the boys


  • We went through ICSI too when it was very new. On my last and final attempt, we had a successful pregnancy resulting in our son. This is a wonderful and positive story.


  • How wonderful is IVF?
    Its just so amazing that there are all these options for couples now.


  • How special !! This family must be thrilled with their boys ! Not likely they’re identical as by an identical twin one fertilised egg splits in two. This differs from fraternal twins, where two eggs (ova) are fertilised by two sperm and produce two genetically unique children, who are no more alike than individual siblings born at different times….


  • That is amazing. I’m so happy for them


  • Very similar to my history. I had 8 cycles of IVF, 3 heart broken miscarriages. On my last cycle of IVF I had two embryos, one of them is my precious daughter but unfortunately the other embryo didn’t make. For our greatest surprise, after going through so much to have our precious daughter I fell pregnant naturally. Until today I can’t believe how luck I am.


  • How amazing. I wonder how similar they are.


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