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BRECON, Wales, Sep 03, 2003 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Parents of twins in Brecon, Wales, are rejoicing their daughters have completed leukemia treatments and appear to be on the mend.

Katie and Chelsea Young, 6, were both diagnosed with the same form lymphoblastic leukemia two years ago, something doctors said they didn't have a "chance in hell" of them both getting, the London Mirror reported.

Doctors told the parents the odds of both girls developing the disease was 9 million-to-1. But within weeks, Chelsea was also diagnosed with the same illness.

The original diagnosis occurred two years ago when the girls accompanied their father to get a nicotine patch to help him quit smoking and a nurse noticed that one girl was unusually pale, the Mirror said.

Both girls had to endure painful cancer treatments including painful spinal punctures and chemotherapy.

Katie has been given the all-clear and Chelsea is expected to do the same.

Copyright 2003 by United Press International.

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