Triple trou­ble for par­ents

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART ni­cola.ste­

They may be tiny but they are al­ready caus­ing a bit of a stir.

Mata­mata new­borns Damien, Vi­ola and Maia Gibbs-Manssen are the first triplets to be born at Waikato Hospi­tal this year.

They were born via C- sec­tion on Fe­bru­ary 12, weigh­ing in at 2210g, 1710g and 1590g re­spec­tively.

Par­ents Mandy Abra­ham and Michael Gibbs-Manssen are ‘‘still buzzing’’ at their new ar­rivals.

The cou­ple found out they were hav­ing triplets at their 12-week scan and said it was a ‘‘huge shock’’.

‘‘ We had to get three of ev­ery­thing,’’ Mr Gibb­sManssen said.

‘‘ People have been so gen­er­ous … just giv­ing clothes and stuff. We haven’t had to buy much at all.’’

The triplets were born at 33 weeks and will likely stay in the NICU at Waikato Hospi­tal for an­other five or six weeks.

‘‘They are do­ing re­ally well,’’ Mr Gibbs-Manssen, a jockey, told the Chron­i­cle last week.

‘‘They are all breath­ing on their own and Damien is mov­ing into a cot soon.’’

The Waikato District Health Board said they had no record of triplets be­ing born to Mata­mata par­ents in the past 15 years. Only one set of triplets was born at Waikato Hospi­tal last year.

The odds of con­ceiv­ing triplets nat­u­rally are about one in 8100, ac­cord­ing to the Mul­ti­ple Birth As­so­ci­a­tion.

Mid­wife Lynette Collinson has looked af­ter par­ents of twins be­fore, but triplets were a first.

‘‘It was quite an easy preg­nancy. Ev­ery­thing went re­ally, re­ally well.’’

Mr Gibbs-Manssen would like to thank Mrs Collinson and all the staff at Waikato Hospi­tal.


Proud par­ents: Michael Gibb­sManssen and Mandy Abra­ham hold their new­born triplets Damien, Maia and Vi­ola.

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