Typically, with triplets, two ᴇɢɢs are ꜰᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴢᴇᴅ and one splits into two, forming twins. So two identical ones and a different one had to be born, but this time all three are identical! It happened in Wales. And the chances of having identical triplets ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇᴅ naturally are one in 200 million. This woman is one of the few who beat the odds and gave birth to identical sons.
Katie Craw is 26 years old and lives in Pentre Maelor, Wales, with her partner, Rob Ellis, 29. In 2016, they had a son, Jacob, who is now 4 years old. And in 2019, they decided that it was good to bring a little brother into the world for him.
And Katie got pregnant. At the end of the third month, they went to the hospital for a follow-up ultrasound. It was the day to find out if she would be a boy or a girl. They had no idea how surprised they would be.
Katie Craw and her partner Rob Ellis were left in sʜᴏᴄᴋ when they found out at their 12-week check-up that they were actually having triplets. “When we came for our examination, we found out in just five seconds that we had triplets. They took us to another room. I was constantly crying, and Rob was white as cheese. They revealed to us how rare it is, but that we can still have a safe pregnancy,” she said.
Typically, with triplets, two eggs are ꜰᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴢᴇᴅ, and one splits into two, forming twins. Therefore, two identical ones and a different one had to be born, but none of that happened…
Katie just wanted them to be born healthy and for there to be no ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴs in the delivery. But at week 30, Katie started having ᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴀᴄᴛɪᴏɴs and had to have an ᴇᴍᴇʀɢᴇɴᴄʏ C-sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ.
Her sons, Joshua, Eddie and Tommy, are real little miracles, born on February 9 by ᴄᴀᴇsᴀʀᴇᴀɴ sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ, and they are all identical. The Katie thing, according to science, happens once every 200 million. Tommy was born at 5:50 p.m. with a weight of 0.900 kg; Joshua at 17.51 with 1,360 kg; and Eddie at 17.52 with 1,360 kg.
At first Katie and Rob had to leave hospital tags on them so they knew who was who.
“When I found out I was pregnant with triplets, my first thought was that we couldn’t afford a bigger house or a car. It’s all a lot to take in. But my grandmother told me that everything happens for a reason and these are the cards that life dealt me. Now that they are here, I am so happy. They are simply beautiful,” said Katie.
She revealed that life with triplets is quite difficult, but that she was delighted with the kindness that her relatives and neighbors gave her. Their neighbors even left diapers, food and various baby items for them to help the young couple financially. For their triplets, Katie and Rob say they are a ray of sunshine in these difficult times.