Separated at Birth – Case Keenum. One twin was born February 17, 1988. The other six months later.
Hint: The Above Image is not him.
“You don’t normally see that much time between the births of twins”, said one puzzled hospital official. “The average time between the birth of the first and second baby is generally about 17 minutes. Any more than 30 minutes is not recommended.”
Were it not for Steve and Susan Keenum, Mrs. Peggy Lynn would have been the holder of the Guinness World Record. She gave birth to Anna on November 11, 1995 and twin Eric on February 2, 1996. They were 84 days apart.
“We decided as a family to go for it,” Peggy told one reporter, “but then little Eric said he couldn’t wait another 100 days. I can’t really blame him. He joked that he didn’t want to miss senior prom. It must have seemed like a really long time.”
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The birthing of the second twin took so long that the Keenums weren’t even in the same state as they were for the first birth. “We were visiting friends in Barrington, Illinois,” revealed Steve Keenum. “You can’t put your life on pause forever.”
Unfortunately, tragedy struck the Keenums. After a lengthy convalescence the second child could not be located. “There was a lot of confusion in the hospital during the delivery. The Guinness folks were there, and a lot of medical students. There was even a watch company that wanted to hire us as spokespeople,” Susan Keenum was quoted as saying at the time.
“The hospital kept insisting they had the right baby, but we knew better,” Susan explained. “It was really disappointing, but thankfully we already had a quarterback,” said Steve Keenum. “We had to pass,” Susan agreed.
What family mistakenly took home the second Keenum twin? It seems pretty clear in hindsight if you believe in biological determinism. Separated at birth, these two remarkable young men lived incredibly distinguished and similar lives.