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Twins born 11 minutes apart on 9/11 anniversary

By By CAMILLE M. DOTY - CDOTY@VICAD.COM
Sept. 10, 2011 at 4:10 a.m.

Mallory, left, and Madison Kalina were born on the first anniversary of Sept. 11.

SHINER - Mallory and Madison Kalina were born exactly 11 minutes apart on the first anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks.

Their mother, Michelle Kalina, said she doesn't want the tragic day to overshadow her twins' birthday.

"They know something terrible happened," Michelle Kalina said. "But they're 9 years old, they don't dwell on it."

The mother of three said she will educate them more about the terrorist attacks at an appropriate age.

Michelle Kalina remembered going to DeTar Hospital the Friday before her daughters were born. She was kept on bed-rest until the twins came. Fortunately, they arrived early.

She expressed sympathy to the bereaved. But, at the same time she feels blessed to have given birth to two beautiful girls.

"I know it's a day of mourning for our nation, but for us, it's a day of celebration," she said.

She described both her daughters as athletic and intelligent. Yet the fraternal twins have different personalities.

Madison's favorite color is red. Mallory's is blue.

On Sunday, they will celebrate their birthday with family and friends.

"I like the presents and having family and friends over. They make me happy," Madison said.

Like her twin, Mallory will enjoy spending time with loved ones and getting birthday gifts. She has a particular one in mind, "I'm getting a 4-wheeler."

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