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Twins love working same floor at Fairmont hospital

Times West Virginian photo by Shawnee Moran  Registered nurses Melissa Hoskinson (left) and Angela Gum take care of baby Emily Ruth Petry in the nursery at Fairmont Regional Medical Center. They are fraternal twins.
Times West Virginian photo by Shawnee Moran
Registered nurses Melissa Hoskinson (left) and Angela Gum take care of baby Emily Ruth Petry in the nursery at Fairmont Regional Medical Center. They are fraternal twins.

FAIRMONT — Patients on the labor and delivery floor at Fairmont Regional Medical Center used to think they were seeing double.

But they weren’t.

 Melissa Hoskinson and Angela Gum, fraternal twins, are registered nurses that work on the floor. While they don’t look exactly alike, many patients mistook them for the same person when they used to work together.

“A lot of patients get us confused. For a while we worked the same shift, and they would think that they told me something and they told her. I would walk in and they would say, ‘Well, I just told you that.’

“They would get us confused, but now we’re on opposite shifts so they think the same person is here 24 hours a day,” Hoskinson said with a laugh.

Now they work different shifts. Gum works from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and Hoskinson works from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekends.

To avoid confusion for both the patients and themselves, the twins try to introduce each other to patients at a shift change or at least warn them that they are two different people.

Despite their efforts, people still mistake them for one another…

 

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