A set of twins stunned their family when they were born in different years – and all it took was 15 minutes.

Parents Fatima Madrigal and Robert Trujillo welcomed their son Alfredo who arrived a few minutes earlier than his sister Aylin.

Little Alfredo came on New Year's Eve at 11:45pm, while his sibling was born when the clock hit midnight.

She weighed 5lbs 14oz as she was the first baby born at Natividad Medical Center and in Monterey County, US, in 2022.

Meanwhile her big brother weighed 6lbs 1oz when he arrived just 15 minutes before her.

Mum Fatima said in a press release from the centre in California: "It's crazy to me that they are twins and have different birthdays."

She added: "I was surprised and happy that she arrived at midnight."

Dr Ana Abril Arias, a family doctor, described the twins' birth as "one of the most memorable deliveries" of her career.

"It was an absolute pleasure to help these little ones arrive here safely in 2021 and 2022," she said.

"What an amazing way to start the New Year!"

The couple's twins will be welcomed home by their three older siblings, two girls and a boy.

Fatima said her oldest son is excited that one of the babies was a boy and her family couldn't wait to meet them.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are about 120,000 twin births in the US yearly, making up over 3% of all births.

However, twins with different birthdays are even rarer, with an estimated chance of one in 2 million.

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And in an even rarer occurrence, an Indiana woman gave birth to twins born in different decades, according to WRTV.

Dawn Gilliam and Jason Tello welcomed twins Joslyn and Jaxson back in 2019 and 2020.

Joslyn was born on December 31, 2019, at 11:37pm, while her brother came 30 minutes later at 12:07am on January 1, 2020.

At the time, the mum revealed how she was "in shock" over the birth.

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