Mum Beats 200 Million To One Odds With Birth Of Naturally Conceived Identical Triplets

Shocked Katie Craw, 26, said she and partner Rob Ellis almost fainted when they were told their second child was actually three at their 12-week scan.

Usually triplets are non identical and are created when two eggs are fertilised and one goes on to grow into twins.

But Katie, from Pentre Maelor, Wales, is one of just a handful of women in Britain to have identical triplets – known as monozygotic – where the fertilised egg splits into three after conception.

It makes miracle tots Tommy, Joshua and Eddie – born by emergency cesarean on February 9 – genetically identical.

Hilariously, Katie and Rob initially had to leave the tots’ hospital tags on in order to tell them apart.

Katie said: “When I found out I was pregnant with three I thought ‘We can’t afford a big car or a bigger house.’ It was a lot to take in.

“And now they’re here, I just feel like I’m in a bubble of happiness. They’re absolutely smashing.”

The couple already had a four-year-old son Jacob, born in 2015, and wanted him to be at school when they started trying for their second.

Amazingly Katie got pregnant the second month of trying and they excitedly prepared to welcome a new baby brother or sister.

But going in for their 12-week scan at their local hospital, the Wrexham Maelor Hospital, they were about to get the shock of their lives.

Katie wasn’t as far along as she thought and was only actually at eight weeks’ gestation with not one but three babies.

Two weeks later the couple returned for another scan where it was discovered that the babies each had their own sac of fluid.

The pregnancy went swimmingly, with Katie seeing her midwife weekly and being scanned every fortnight to make sure the little ones were developing properly.

But at 26 weeks, the consultants in Wrexham began to worry.

Tommy, who was the presenting triplet closest to the birth canal, looked like he wasn’t gaining weight.

Katie was given a steroid injection and booked in to see an expert in multiple births at Liverpool Womens’ Hospital 35 miles away.

The babies carried on growing at brilliant rates and Katie was booked in for a cesarean at 32 weeks – normal practice with multiple births.

But at 28 weeks, Katie began suffering contractions.

She spent five days back in Liverpool as they tried to stop them and was then sent home for bed rest.

However at 30 weeks and one day, they started up again and she was rushed by ambulance to hospital in Wrexham.

The plan was for her to undergo surgery in Liverpool, but there wasn’t enough time to get her there.

Welder Rob, 29, was at her bedside as she had an emergency cesarean on February 9, with Tommy born at 17.50 weighing 2lbs 11.5oz, Joshua at 17.51 weighing 3lbs 4.5oz and Eddie at 17.52 at 3lbs 3.5oz.

“The whole team at the Maelor dealt with it so unbelievably well, I can’t thank them enough,” Katie said.

“Tommy came out and took a big breath and screamed and the whole of the theatre cheered. And it was the same with Joshua and Eddie. I was full of adrenaline.”

Tommy and Joshua were transferred that night to Glan Clwyd Hospital in Bodelwyddan, while Eddie followed a day later.

Katie was discharged after a week and spent a further fortnight in parent accommodation.

Thankfully Josh and Eddie only spent almost seven weeks in hospital and Tommy came home ten days after them on April 10 – with the family together for the first time.

Overjoyed Katie added: “It was difficult not having us all together. There were times when I felt really lonely and I could never see this day.

“None of them have really had any issues and a lot of other mums do so I feel really lucky.

“We really do feel so lucky. They say it takes a village to raise a child and it’s so true,” Katie added.

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