Are you still thinking? Is it impossible? Guess what, it isn’t. This occurrence can really happen but rare, one in a million. The technical term is called “heteropaternal superfecundation.”
In 1810, the first case was reported by John Archer, the first doctor to receive a medical degree in the United States. He reported a white woman had sex with a black man and a white man to later give birth to one white baby and the other of mixed race.
How this happens is every woman’s ovary releases one egg that can be fertilized by one sperm. But in this case, a pair of eggs emerged.
Dr. Hilda Hutcherson, Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University, told Meredith Vieira on TODAY that sperm remains in the reproductive tract for five days. Within those 5 days, a woman can have sex with different men while sperms wait for the eggs to be released.
More current cases, a woman named Mia Washington also gave birth to twins with each baby from two different fathers.
Mia’s partner James Harrison became concerned that the twins, Justin and Jordan looked so different. A paternity test followed. On a NBC News segment, James Harrison said he was torn and hurt to find out that Justin was not his son.
Good new is James said he will raise Justin like his own son.
In studies, 1 to 2 percent of all fraternal twins have different dads.