The odds can range from one in 60,000 to one in two million.
But a League City woman defied those odds and delivered rare, identical female triplets earlier this week at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.
The triplets, born Dec. 1 via cesarean section, all weighed between 3 and 3.5 pounds. Addison, Kinsley and Savannah are Stephanie and Brad Harris’s first children.
“I’m relieved that they’re here, they’re healthy, and I can’t wait to get them home,” said Stephanie Harris. “The delivery was great. I was awake the whole time and didn’t feel anything except a little pressure.”
“This is a circumstance where you have what is considered to be an extremely rare, high-risk pregnancy and there are a number of things that potentially can go wrong,” says Thomas Rowe, M.D., OB-GYN and maternal fetal medicine specialist affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast.
“We have been watching Stephanie very closely from early pregnancy and thanks be to God, all went very well. She and her three little girls are all doing great.”
The triplets are likely to spend the next four to six weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Memorial Hermann Southeast while they gain weight and strength, routine care which almost always accompanies a birth of multiples, according to Dr. Rowe.
“I can’t wait to have them home so our family can be together,” says Brad Harris. “We could not have asked for a better Christmas present this year. We are so blessed.”