Identical twins born with Down syndrome defy the odds

TOPEKA, KS (WCMH) — Becoming President of the United States, winning the lottery, or being struck by lightning are all events with high odds.

But for identical twins Brynnlee and Blakeley, they defied the odds by both being born with Down syndrome.

“One in a million, I was like why me,” Brynnlee and Blakeley’s mom, Nicole Taylor told WIBW.

One out of every 700 children is born with Down syndrome, but Brynnlee and Blakeley is only one pair out of a handful of identical twins in the country with the genetic disorder.

Taylor says the 18-month-old twins are a handful, but they bring so much joy to the family.

“They are a lot of work, but they love their brother and sister so much. They are ornery as ever, too, and they know it,” said Taylor. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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