Triplets over­come odds, pre­pare to start se­nior school

The Chronicle - - News - ALEXIA AUSTIN [email protected]­i­

IT’S a mo­ment Toowoomba mum Natalie Lom­bard thought she would never see.

On Thurs­day night Ms Lom­bard’s triplets Lach­lan, Matilda and Hay­ley took their fi­nal steps as pri­mary school stu­dents at the Mary MacKil­lop Catholic Col­lege ju­nior grad­u­a­tion.

“It’s so ex­cit­ing to see them grad­u­ate when I thought they might not have been here,” Ms Lom­bard said.

As the stu­dents crossed the stage, Ms Lom­bard couldn’t help think­ing of her late daugh­ter Faith, a quadru­plet sis­ter to her three chil­dren.

The quadru­plets were born 15 weeks pre­ma­ture, lit­tle Faith’s health is­sues too great for her to sur­vive.

“The ba­bies had their strug­gles; they spent the first three months of their lives in hospi­tal. Un­for­tu­nately Faith passed af­ter two days,” Ms Lom­bard said.

“It was ter­rific to see the three of them grad­u­ate, and I had to keep my mind on that, how­ever, in­side me I kept think­ing ‘it should have been four’.”

Ms Lom­bard said was proud of her chil­dren, the triplets hav­ing grown in leaps and bounds since their Prep year.

“It’s amaz­ing to see how their in­di­vid­ual char­ac­ter­is­tics have come out and they are not so shy any more,” she said.

The triplets are “ex­cited and a lit­tle bit ner­vous” to start the Mary MacKil­lop Col­lege’s se­nior cam­pus next year.

Photo: Kevin Farmer

NEXT STEP: Get­ting ready for their ju­nior grad­u­a­tion are triplets (from left) Hay­ley, Lach­lan and Matilda Lom­bard.

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