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Teenager who fell unconscious in bath is saved by twin sister's 'sixth sense' By James Tozer
Last updated at 10:16 PM on 23rd March 2009
It is common for twins to tell stories that suggest they share a bond so close it is almost telepathic.
But not many can say their apparent sixth sense helped them save their sibling's life.
When Gemma Houghton got a feeling that her sister Leanne was in trouble she burst in on the 15-year-old and found her unconscious underwater in the bath.
She dragged her out and managed to revive her using skills she picked up on a first-aid course.
Intuition: Gemma Houghton, left, sensed her twin Leanne was in danger
Yesterday Gemma told of how she feels dizzy when her epileptic twin sister suffers a fit.
She believes this subconscious link let her know that Leanne was in danger.
'I just got this feeling to check on her,' said Gemma. 'I went up to the bathroom and she was under the water. At first I thought she was washing her hair or playing a trick.
'But when I lifted her head out of the water she had turned blue. I knew she had had a fit.'
After Gemma hauled her sister out of the water - 'She weighed a ton' - she called an ambulance and, remembering her first-aid training, began trying to resuscitate Leanne.
'She started making some horrible noises, like a truck, and I knew she was coming round,' she said.
'Then she said she was going to be sick.'
Paramedic Steve Pearson said that by the time he arrived at the girls' mother's home in Atherton, near Wigan, Leanne was returning to consciousness after her sister had given her chest compressions.
'It's quite simple,' he said. 'If Gemma hadn't been there, Leanne would have died. She did an excellent job.'
Leanne, who is home-taught and studying for her GCSEs, is also in no doubt that her sister saved her life.
'She was really brave,' Leanne said. 'If it was the other way around I don't think I would have been able to do it. I would haveprobably started crying.'
Their mother Connie Hitchcock told how 'extremely proud' she was of her daughter. 'What Gemma did was amazing. I have no idea how she did it.'
Gemma, a trainee hairdresser, believes first-aid lessons should be made compulsory. 'You never know when someone is going to need it,' she said.
While Leanne and Gemma are not identical, their mother says they are 'inseparable'. They appear to have the same uncanny bond that some twins claim to share.
Some pairs have told of times when their siblings were hurt and they felt pain in sympathy.
Others tell of extraordinary coincidences, such as independently buying identical clothes on shopping trips.
Psychologists have studied twins to try to find scientific proof behind the widespread anecdotal evidence of apparently psychic links.
Research by the CIA in the 1960s reputedly suggested identical twins' brain waves could display inexplicable links, but studies since have yet to prove the existence of any telepathic bond.
Most scientists believe the phenomenon is down to a tendency to attach too much significance to mere coincidences, as well as the inevitable similarities that result from sharing genes and upbringing.