Twins Reunited: 5 Brilliant Stories This Week

Plus, a husband does what he has to do for his pregnant wife
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2017 5:19 AM CST

(Newser) – Two sets of notable twins make this week's list of inspiring stories:

  • His Wife in Labor, Husband Jumps in Front of Snowplow: When Stephanie Dawson, 28, went into labor at around 3:30 last Sunday morning in the middle of a winter storm, she and her husband soon realized they weren't going to make it to the hospital in time. Hugh Dawson pulled off the highway to get to a closer medical center—but as he drove onto the exit ramp, their truck died. "I didn't know the truck had broken down," Stephanie says. "He just hopped out." His plan worked, just in the nick of time.
  • Identical Twins, Separated at Adoption, Find Each Other Again: It all started when Audrey Doering, who was adopted as a baby, asked her parents for a sister for Christmas. Her mom, Jennifer, says she wanted to give her 10-year-old daughter information about her history as a Christmas present, so she got in touch with a Chinese researcher for help digging into Audrey's past. That's when she found, for the first time, a picture of a woman holding Audrey on one knee ... and another, identical baby on the other. The story that follows is incredible.

  • From 3.5M Cases to Just 25: a Disease Nearly Vanquished: When Jimmy Carter's Carter Center joined the battle to eliminate Guinea worm disease in the mid-1980s, there were about 3.5 million cases in 21 countries. The illness often spreads when people drink water contaminated with the worm's larvae; the worm grows to about 3 feet long inside the body. Since Carter started working to fight the disease, huge progress has been made.
  • Bush Twins Have a Message for Sasha, Malia: It's been eight years since Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush Hager offered President Obama's daughters tips on life in the White House and taught them to slide down the solarium's banister. Since then, Sasha and Malia Obama have endured "unbelievable pressure" and seen their parents "reduced to headlines," yet they've grown "from girls to impressive young women with grace and ease," George W. Bush's daughters write in an inspiring open letter to the first daughters.
  • Parents Building a Neighborhood Just for Autistic Adults: Debra Caudy, a retired medical oncologist, and her husband Clay Heighten, a retired emergency doctor and founder of a real estate management company, long wondered what to do when their autistic son entered adulthood. "We couldn't find anything, so we just decided to do it ourselves," Caudy says of the amazing neighborhood they're working on.
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