Aussie grandma gives birth to 99.9-percent identical triplets

June 24th, 2008 - 3:59 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, June 24 (ANI): An Australian grandmother has given birth to naturally conceived identical triplets in what doctors said was a one in-10-million case.

The three 99.9-percent identical boys - Cooper, Kyle and Jordan - were born at 34 weeks by Caesarean section at Brisbane’s Mater Mothers’ Hospital.

Janelle Perry and her husband, Robert, already have a 4-year-old daughter.

Janelle also has four children in their 20s from a previous marriage as well as two grandchildren.

The Perrys, of Logan, south of Brisbane, sold all their baby things last October after trying unsuccessfully for two years to have more kids.

A doctor had given Janelle only a 5 per cent chance of having another child naturally.

“We thought: ‘Oh well. It’ll probably never happen’. We’d sort of given up,” The Courier Mail quoted Perry, as saying.

“Rebecca kept telling me in November: ‘You’ve got three babies in your tummy, Mummy - one for me, one for Dad and one for you’. I thought: ‘No way’ and told her: ‘There’s no babies in there’. Then, in December, I found out I was pregnant,” she added.

According to doctors, the Perry babies are almost certainly monochorionic triamniotic triplets, meaning they are from one egg and sperm which split in the first few days after fertilisation. (ANI)

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