Identical triplets are causing ooh’s and ahh’s on the Web this week, as three spontaneously conceived triplets — who are called a rare, “one-in-a-million” chance — were born to a Quincy couple this Nov. 22 in a Sacramento hospital. The parents are said to be in awe of this incredibly unusual phenomenon, and no doubt grateful for this thrice-cute blessing, KCRA News confirms this Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.
The identical triplets are babies that were notably conceived spontaneously, which simply means that they were made sans the use or assistance of any fertility treatments. According to some doctors, these odds are almost astronomical, reaching a one-in-a-million to nearly a one-in-200-million possibility. Experts say that a comparable comparison of having these three similar-looking children would be roughly the same odds as winning the Mega Millions jackpot lottery.
According to the recent press release, the two lucky (and no doubt busy) parents are Tom and Hannah Hepner of California. The identical triplets are named Abby, Brin, and Laurel; all three babies have been staying the past couple of weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit at Sutter Memorial Hospital.
Although all three infants are fortunately said to be in very good health, they must remain in the intensive care unit for at least another week before they are ready to return home with mother and father Hepner in Plumas County.
"I really think it's more amazing to us to hold the babies," mom Hannah Hepner gushed in an interview. "The number has really never meant a whole lot. It's just a really big number."
Although dad Tom said that he was a bit blown away at having identical triplets at first, he’s feeling confident about raising the three similar-looking girls.
"I think we have a natural health nervousness, but we're not too concerned," Tom Hepner said. "I feel like we got this."