Are th­ese the old­est triplets in the West Mid­lands?

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ARE th­ese three sis­ters the old­est triplets in the West Mid­lands?

This week Ge­orgina Leech from Tile Hill, Coven­try, is cel­e­brat­ing an 80th birth­day with her iden­ti­cal triplet sis­ters Mary and Mar­garet.

They live in the Hall Green area of Birm­ing­ham.

The three were born in the bed­room of their par­ents’ house in Hall Green, Birm­ing­ham.

In the days be­fore ul­tra­sound scans their par­ents, who al­ready had a fouryear-old son Eric, had no idea that triplets were on the way.

Mary was born first weigh­ing 4lbs and 5oz. Mar­garet was next weigh­ing 4lbs 3/4oz. Last came Ge­orgina weigh­ing 4lbs. Their mother Ma­bel tied a piece of coloured wool around each wrist. She chose pink for Mary, yel­low for Mar­garet and green for Ge­orgina.

When­ever she made clothes for them she put a lit­tle bit of their own spe­cial colour in them.

The three went to the same pri­mary school near their home in Birm­ing­ham’s Hall Green. But when Mar­garet passed her 11 plus and the other two didn’t Mar­garet went to a dif­fer­ent se­condary school.

Ge­orgina went on to work at Soli­hull Coun­cil. She mar­ried John Leech and the cou­ple have two daugh­ters.

The trio joined the Brown­ies, pro­gressed to Girl Guides and then be­came adult lead­ers.

When they were 61 they picked up awards for 40 years of vol­un­teer­ing with the move­ment. Iden­ti­cal triplets are very rare. For triplets to be iden­ti­cal a sin­gle fer­tilised egg has to split three ways which doesn’t hap­pen very of­ten.

Sci­en­tists have not man­aged to cal­cu­late the chances of a mother hav­ing iden­ti­cal triplets.

Es­ti­mates are be­tween 60,000 to one and 200 mil­lion to one.

The chances of hav­ing triplets, whether iden­ti­cal or not, is one in 4,400. Non iden­ti­cal triplets hap­pen more of­ten than iden­ti­cal ones.

That’s be­cause non iden­ti­cal triplets hap­pen when three sep­a­rate eggs are fer­tilised at once, a more com­mon oc­cur­rence that one egg split­ting into three.

Some kinds of fer­til­ity treat­ment in­crease the chances of triplets by boost­ing the re­lease of eggs.

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