A  woman recently gave birth to twins for her own twin sister, who has a rare hereditary disease.

As Dearly reported, Jill Noe volunteered to be Whitney Bliesner’s surrogate after discovering that her sister’s neurofibromatosis type 2 wouldn’t allow her to give birth on her own.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NF2 centers on the “presence of slow-growing tumors on the eighth cranial nerves.”

As a result of the disease, Bliesner has gone blind in her left eye, deaf in her right ear, and has lost partial hearing in her left ear.

Furthermore, Bliesner underwent a partial hysterectomy out of fear of worsening her condition and passing on the disease to her children, Today reports.

Bliesner said:

“When Jill said she wanted to carry a baby for me, I was in shock. I’m not a crier, but I was really emotional.”

Initially, Bliesner was worried she wouldn’t share a connection with the children because a donor’s egg was used with her husband’s sperm rather than her own. However, that fear melted away during the pregnancy.

The 35-year-old said:

“Going through the process with my twin and being able to touch her growing belly helped. During that final doctor’s appointment, it just came full force. I was like, ‘These are my babies.’”

That joy reached its peak on June 7 as she sat next to Noe in the delivery room at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Oregon. Her sister gave birth to her children via C-section.

As “Good Morning America” reports, Rhett, a boy, arrived at 8:06 a.m. weighing  7 pounds, 11 ounces. His sister, Rhenley, was born at 8:08 a.m. weighing  4 pounds, 13 ounces.

Further, Bliesner recalled:

“The whole day was just surreal. I got to do skin-to-skin with them. It was an amazing feeling. It was like a dream.”

As Today reports, to Bliesner’s delight, people often comment on how she and Rhenley share similar features. Furthermore, the new mom and her generous sister celebrated their 35th birthday on June 15. However, Bliesner said she already received the greatest gift of all.

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