Are these the oldest triplets in the West Midlands?
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.