COUSINS born on the same day and in the same hospital are celebrating turning teenagers.
Thirteen years ago, sisters Tracey and Victoria Harrison were in for a shock when they both found themselves in the maternity ward of Sunderland Royal Hospital.
Such was the confusion that the girls’ mum, Lynne Harrison, didn’t know which daughter’s bedside to head to.
Now both have celebrated their 13th birthday at the weekend.
Tracey, 37, of Donwell, Washington, said: “I can’t believe they are teenagers already.
“They’ve always been close and we’ve told everyone the story of how they came to be born on the same day.”
Tracey went into labour nine days early and gave birth to 6lb 10oz Leah in hospital.
Just a few hours later, Victoria found herself joining her sister on the labour ward as she gave birth to 6lb 14oz Michael.
Tracey added: “Our mum was running all over the place, she didn’t know where to go next.”
The two sisters had joked about the possibility of delivering on the same day – but never expected it to happen.
The new additions then made their Echo debut on page three of the newspaper on May 19, 2001. Tracey said: “We’ve always lived pretty close to each other and the kids have always been close.
“Michael came round to give Leah her birthday card and they’ve each been enjoying the day with their friends.”
Leah, a pupil at Castleview Academy, is a keen horse rider, while Michael, a Biddick Academy pupil, has taken up boxing.
Vicky, 34, from Sulgrave, Washington, said: “I was actually due to give birth before Tracey but she beat me to the punch.
“The pair grew up with a really close bond. Now they’re teenagers, they are always messaging each other on social networking sites.
“It’s so nice that they arrived on the same day, it means they have something special between them for the rest of their lives.”
Vicky and Michael are both Sunderland AFC fans and are buying their first season tickets together.
for the coming season at the Stadium of Light.