Hos­pi­tal goes be­yond a three-peat

Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS ASIDES & INSIDES -

Com­mu­nity Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter is on a streak. And it’s not over yet.

Since June 11, doc­tors at the Fresno, Calif., hos­pi­tal have de­liv­ered four sets of triplets and another trio is due soon.

One set of triplets was born the week of June 7, fol­lowed by a sec­ond set June 18, a third set three days later on Fa­ther’s Day and the fourth set was born the week of June 29. All 12 ba­bies are said to be do­ing well, ac­cord­ing to the hos­pi­tal. Ten are in the hos­pi­tal’s Level 3 neona­tal in­ten­sive-care unit, the only such fa­cil­ity in the state’s Cen­tral Val­ley, while two were able to stay with their moth­ers right away. The boys are out­num­bered, with five boys to seven girls, with a fifth mom set to de­liver three more girls.

The hos­pi­tal is set up to han­dle mul­ti­ple mul­ti­ple births, so the NICU was able to han­dle the triplet ex­plo­sion, hos­pi­tal spokes­woman Mary Lisa Rus­sell said.

One of the triplet moms, April Del­gado, de­liv­ered her daugh­ters at 33 weeks ges­ta­tion. Jen­nie, Avery and Leah will join eight sib­lings.

Del­gado, who con­ceived nat­u­rally, said she was shocked to find she was hav­ing triplets. “I cried when Jen­nie came out be­cause I was scared she came so early. But look at them, they look like they’re just sun­bathing and pos­ing for the cam­eras” in the NICU.

The fifth set could ar­rive at any time. Doc­tors are mon­i­tor­ing Sta­cie Tra­so­ras, who is car­ry­ing three girls. When they ar­rive, the Fresno 15 will be com­plete.

Christina Ramos, who con­ceived triplets nat­u­rally, holds hands with Aaron Se­bas­tian

shortly be­fore his doc­tor takes him off a breath­ing tube.

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