Meet the Getting triplets — the adorable trio of identical sisters who, according to experts, were born at odds ranging from 1 in 1 million to 1 in 200 million.
Charlotte, Cora, and Emma are 10-week-old identical triplets who defied all odds, as experts say their birth rates range from 1 in 1 million to 1 in 200 million. Babies ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇᴅ naturally were the result of a ꜰᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴢᴇᴅ ᴇɢɢ splitting into three, causing the ᴇᴍʙʀʏᴏs to share the same ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇɴᴛᴀ. This is a very rare thing to happen, and hence the story of Lauren and Andrew Getting, the parents, is drawing attention.
“They are true miracles,” Lauren said. She says that they found out when she was six weeks pregnant last March. She and Andrew had been married just four months earlier. “By the end of my first trimester, I was already as big as most women in their third. It was the hardest physical thing I’ve ever done in my life,” added Lauren.
As it was a ʜɪɢʜ-ʀɪsᴋ pregnancy, she was treated by specialist Victor Klein, vice president of obstetrics and gynecology at North Shore University Hospital in Illinois.
The babies were born on September 4 via C-sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ at 32 weeks. Charlotte was born first, then Emma, and finally Cora. They stayed in the hospital for a further seven weeks until they were released.
The new parents took turns feeding and changing the girls in 12-hour shifts, and have quickly picked up on their individual personalities. “Charlotte is the spunky one, Cora is more laid-back, while Emma is very resilient,” said Andrew.
To tell them apart, their parents use a different color of kid-safe nail polish on their toes. “Cora is peach, Charlotte is green, and Emma is purple,” explains Lauren.
The couple has been struggling to keep up with the steep costs of caring for three newborns — including special formula for premature-birth infants and all that baby equipment. For example, they will need an estimated 10,000 diapers in one year. “We only have one income at the moment, so it’s tough,” said Lauren. “But we’ve been helped and humbled by the generosity of our friends and family.”
The couple’s pal Patty Ortez launched a GoFundMe campaign that’s so far raised nearly $12,000 of the $25,000 goal. “It’s really heartening, especially during the pandemic,” said Andrew. “I think people love to hear about three little miracles born at a time like this.”