High school sweethearts, 19 year old Amber Hills and her 19 year old partner, Logan Brown-Fletcher from Newberg, Oregon welcomed a ʀᴀʀᴇ identical triplets in August. Doctors put the odds of ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠɪɴɢ identical triplets at one in a million, which makes the couple’s identical triplets very special.
The couple welcomed their three daughters, Raelyn (2 pounds, 12 ounces), Avery (3 pounds, 11 ounces) and Elaina (2 pounds, 15 ounces), on Monday, August 1. The girls are identical triplets, ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇᴅ without any ꜰᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴛʏ ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛs, making a ʀᴀʀᴇ occurrence even more unusual, according to doctors. Dr. Craig Novack, a neonatologist with Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, which is caring for the infants, placed the odds for such triplets at “somewhere around one in a million.”
The new mother added she was ‘so happy’ after seeing her baby girls for the first time. “My heart was full and I was totally in love,” she told The Oregonian. “I want to be with them all the time. It’s hard to be away from them.”
The infants were delivered at 33 weeks by an ᴇᴍᴇʀɢᴇɴᴄʏ Cᴇsᴀʀᴇᴀɴ section after doctors had trouble finding one of the girls’ ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙᴇᴀᴛs. Once they found her ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙᴇᴀᴛ, it dropped dramatically. The girls are now in the neonatal intensive care unit at Providence St Vincent Medical Center and are said to be healthy and doing well.
“It melts my heart knowing that they sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇᴅ,” Brown-Fletcher.
“The triples are doing remarkably well,” Novack said, adding that multiples often are born prematurely, with 34 weeks being the average gestational age for triplets.
The babies are breathing on their own, although they are using feeding tubes since they are not strong enough to eat sufficiently and independently yet. “At this point all indications are that they will continue to remain healthy and be discharged within two to four weeks,” Novack said.
Now that they have their new additions, the couple – who are hoping to marry on their two-year anniversary – are preparing for their homecoming. They have already bought three car seats instead of one and a van to accommodate their family. While the couple looks forward to caring for their new bundles of joy, they said they want more children once the girls are older, with Hills noting she also wants boys.