Anastasia, Olivia and Nadia have arrived — in that order. A couple in New Jersey have welcomed a set of rare identical triplets, in ‘one in a million’ occurrence.
The babies were born on July 8 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Parents Mark Bodrog and Gabriela Mosquera of Gloucester Township said multiples run in the mother’s family, but the couple was left rather shocked when the doctors told them they were expecting identical triplet girls.
“I kind of walked in circles for about 20 minutes. I mean, what do you do when you hear ‘triplets?'” Bodrog recalled.
Doctors told the parents they were dealing with a highly unusual situation.
“They’re from the same egg, sharing the same placenta with three separate amniotic sacs. It’s so rare. There are hardly any case studies on it,” Bodrog said.
The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania stepped in and offered to provide prenatal and delivery care.
Estimates vary, but the odds of having identical triplets have been said by medical experts to be between one in 60,000 and one in 200 million.
The triplets were born July 8 at 34 weeks and five days. Each baby weighed just over 5 pounds.
The triplets are now at home with their parents and two older sisters. The parents said the hospital asked them to remain in touch so doctors could conduct research on the lives of their triplets.
In another similar incident, a couple in Oklahoma welcomed rare identical triplets in June. Stephanie Norman gave birth to her identical girls Aspen, Kensli and Layken, but all three had to spend nearly two months in hospital because they were premature and were born at just 29 weeks, Newsweek reported.
Stephanie was told she was going to have triplets when she was eight-weeks pregnant. A month later, she was told that all three girls were sharing the same placenta and would be born identical.
All three babies are now healthy after being born premature and have since doubled in weight.