Identical triplets born in Pontypool have beaten the odds. On Oct. 1, BBC News reported that all three babies are doing well and were released from the hospital after six weeks. The baby girls -- Ffion, Maddison, and Paige Gilbert -- were conceived naturally from one fertilized egg. The chances of this happening (and the babies being healthy)? 160,000 to 1!
"The girls were born safe on [August 2] at 30 weeks at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport. Ffion weighed 3lb 8oz, Maddison was 3lb 5oz and Paige weighed 3lb 4oz," BBC News reports.
For identical triplets to be born is rare but the Gilbert's are the lucky ones -- and in more ways than three. There were a lot of risks because the babies shares the placenta -- and the baby's could have had "twin to twin syndrome" which occurs when one baby starves another baby by consuming all fluids and nutrients. Alas, the Gilbert girls played nice in the womb. Even still, Karen Gilbert says that finding out about her triplets was very emotional.
"We were just very shocked. The lady doing the scan had to call somebody else into the room to check what she was seeing was right. We pretty much left the hospital laughing, crying, laughing, crying... But we were over the moon," said Mrs. Gilbert.
The identical triplets born are now 8 weeks old... and still doing well. They joined big sister, Faye, and the Gilbert's are seeing a lot of pink these days!
© Effie Orfanides 2013