Toronto Star

Rare identical triplets thriving

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KAMLOOPS, B.C.— Rare identical triplets born in Kamloops, B.C., are healthy and growing in hospital.

The girls named Hannah, Rileigh and Isabelle were born by C-section on Nov. 3, eight weeks premature.

They weighed just over three pounds each.

Their parents, Mahalia and Mike Meeuwsen, say they are making excellent progress in the neonatal intensive care unit at Royal Inland Hospital. Doctors say the odds of having identical triplets, who were conceived without the use of fertility treatments, are 1in 50 million births.

The babies were scheduled to make their debut Nov. 16, but complicati­ons meant an earlier delivery date.

Mahalia Meeuwsen said her daughters’ intravenou­s lines have been removed and they no longer need the equipment that was helping with their breathing.

“The girls are doing amazing, gaining weight and doing great,” she said.

Meeuwsen is thrilled that all three babies can be taken from their incubators. They are still being fed with tubes into their stomachs, but are beginning to breast- and bottlefeed. There is no word yet on when the triplets might be going home.

 ?? THE CANADIAN PRESS ?? Mahalia Meeuwsen holds Hannah, Rileigh and Isabelle, identical triplets in Salmon Arm, B.C. The girls, born Nov. 3, were eight weeks premature.
THE CANADIAN PRESS Mahalia Meeuwsen holds Hannah, Rileigh and Isabelle, identical triplets in Salmon Arm, B.C. The girls, born Nov. 3, were eight weeks premature.

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