Dailymail UK reports that the couple had been trying to conceive. It was when they visited a fertility clinic, and were going through a vitro fertilisation process that the doctor discovered there are too many similarities in their DNA profiles. The twins had been separated at a young age after their biological parents died in a car accident. They were adopted by two different families, in which none of them knew their adopted child had a twin.
The couple could not hide their shock, as marriage between siblings is a criminal act in the southern state. The unnamed couple had met and fallen in love in college. “They were attracted to each other due to their similarities. They felt they could really connect with each other. If only they had known the truth, it could have saved them so much pain later on. For me, it’s a particularly unusual case because my job is all about helping couples conceive a child. This is the first time in my career that I’ve been glad I haven’t succeeded in that regard,” the doctor told Mississippi Herald. The penalty for marrying a sibling in Mississippi is up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $500.