Thai, Tyler and To­mas... my 160,000- to- one triplets

De­lighted mum re­veals safe ar­rival of three iden­ti­cal bun­dles of joy

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS - By Janet Boyle JBOYLE@SUN­DAY­POST.COM

Mum Mary McCan­dlish yes­ter­day re­vealed her joy af­ter beat­ing odds of 160,000 to one to have iden­ti­cal triplets.

Her ba­bies were all con­ceived nat­u­rally af­ter Mary, who al­ready has four kids, de­cided to have “one last baby”.

Mary 34, from Bar­rhead, East Ren­frew­shire, gave birth by Cae­sarean sec­tion two weeks ago.

She re­vealed her joy as her iden­ti­cal sons Thai, Tyler and To­mas were de­liv­ered at the Queen El­iz­a­beth Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal ma­ter­nity unit in Glas­gow.

“I just wanted one more baby but didn’t bank on three,” said Mary.

“The de­liv­ery was the most amaz­ing mo­ment of my life.

“The op­er­at­ing the­atre was crammed with doc­tors.

“I guess they don’t of­ten get the chance to wit­ness the ar­rival of three iden­ti­cal ba­bies.

“As they lifted each baby out of my womb I felt lighter each time.

“They all started cry­ing im­me­di­ately and I knew they had ar­rived safely.

“The preg­nancy had not been easy. I am only 5ft 1in and car­ry­ing triplets was not easy. But I was mon­i­tored ev­ery step of the way.”

The baby boys had to be de­liv­ered 10 weeks early as doc­tors feared they would not con­tinue to thrive in the womb much longer.

They were all linked to the same pla­centa which strug­gles to feed ba­bies af­ter 30 weeks.

Mary said she had been given steroids be­fore­hand which were in turn ab­sorbed by her ba­bies and strength­ened their lungs.

Pre­ma­ture ba­bies’ lungs are not fully de­vel­oped enough to breathe on their own and it is vi­tal for them to work well enough to get oxy­genated blood to their brains and the rest of their bod­ies.

Thai 3lbs, Tyler 2lbs and To­mas 1lbs were all rushed to the hos­pi­tal’s in­ten­sive care baby unit by pae­di­a­tri­cians mo­ments af­ter the birth.

Thai and Tyler have thrived so well they have al­ready pro­gressed to the special care unit.

Mary smiled and said: “My triplets are all do­ing well and doc­tors are pleased with their progress.

“I just want them to con­tinue to thrive and leave hos­pi­tal as healthy ba­bies.

“It would be my dear­est wish to get them home for Christ­mas but I re­alise that is maybe a bit op­ti­mistic.

“They will come home at dif­fer­ent times de­pend­ing on how well they thrive.

“I will do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to make them grow in to healthy strap­ping boys.

“That in­cludes breast- feed­ing them to top up the for­ti­fied milk the hos­pi­tal gives to pre­ma­ture ba­bies.”

Mary says her other chil­dren – Peter, 16, Emily, 15, Ka­t­rina, 13, and James, six – are de­lighted with their wee broth­ers.

The triple preg­nancy was di­ag­nosed when Mary had her first hos­pi­tal scan at 12 weeks. Mary was told then that the odds of hav­ing iden­ti­cal, non-IVF triplets were 160,000 to one.

Sono­g­ra­pher Gayle McTag­gart, a twin her­self, said: “Iden­ti­cal triplets are in­cred­i­bly rare. They come about af­ter a fer­tilised egg di­vides into two and one of them splits again to cre­ate a to­tal of three ba­bies. All the boys share the same DNA be­cause they started from one fer­tilised egg.

“We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted that Mar y man­aged to carry her triplets for 30 weeks.

“It’s a mir­a­cle con­sid­er­ing she is only 5ft 1in and the ba­bies shared the same pla­centa.”

Thai, Tyler and To­mas are all do­ing well at the Queen El­iz­a­beth Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal af­ter be­ing de­liv­ered by Cae­sarean sec­tion 10 weeks early

Dot­ing Mary pic­tured with a 3D scan of the triplets in the womb

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