December 5, 2013

Calif. couple conceives rare identical triplets

The triplets were produced when a single, fertilized egg split into three.

The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Doctors at a Northern California hospital say a couple has given birth to a rare set of naturally conceived identical triplets.

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Hannah and Tom Hepner of Quincy, Calif., parents of identical triplets, hold, from left, Abby, Laurel and Brindabella in a self-care room at Sutter Memorial Hospital on Wednesday in Sacramento, Calif. The triplets were born on Nov. 22, 2013.

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Brindabella holds the finger of her father, Tom Hepner at Sutter Memorial Hospital on Wednesday in Sacramento, Calif.

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The Sacramento Bee reports Abby, Brin and Laurel Hepner were born Nov. 22 at Sutter Memorial Hospital to Hannah and Tom Hepner, of Quincy.

The triplets were produced when a single, fertilized egg split into three.

Dr. William Gilbert, director of Sutter Women’s Services, says the odds of producing identical triplets without fertility drugs range from 1-in-1-million to 1-in-100-million.

He said the rarity makes it difficult to more accurately calculate the frequency of such births.

Abby weighed 3 pounds, 2 ounces; Brin 3 pounds, 11 ounces; and Laurel 4 pounds.

The triplets are still in the hospital until they can maintain body temperature and eat properly.

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Hannah and Tom Hepner hold their newborn triplets in a self-care room at Sutter Memorial Hospital on Wednesday in Sacramento, Calif.

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