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Baltimore's Rare Identical Triplets Had 1 in 2 Million Odds, Docs Say

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By    |   Friday, 23 Oct 2015 12:24 PM

A Baltimore mother gave birth to a rare set of identical triplets this month, an event so unusual without fertility treatments that doctors estimated the odds could be as high as one in 2 million.

Thomas and Kristen Hewitt became the proud parents of three boys — Thomas III, Finnegan, and Oliver — on Oct. 6, ABC News reported.

The couple told ABC that they first heard the news of their three blessings at an ultrasound when their technician got very quiet. Thomas finally laughed and asked whether there was more than one baby in there, and the two were stunned to hear they would be parents of three little ones.

Thomas, a recreational hockey player, joked to the Baltimore Sun that it was a "Hewitt Hat Trick," and talked about the challenges of dealing with multiples, from diapers and bottles to onesies.

"We want to run things like a small army and be really regimented," Thomas told the Sun. "In reality, it'll be more like a pirate ship complete with mutinies."

Doctor Victor A. Khouzami told ABC this was the first set of identical triplets he'd seen delivered in his three decades at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

"Incidence of fraternal twins are much higher (90 percent) than identical (10 percent), but, it is even a more significant ratio for triplets,” he said.

Khouzami told the Sun that multiple births bring higher risks, but said Kristen's pregnancy went well. The babies weighed less than 12 pounds all together and spent the last few weeks in intensive care.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports there are more than 4,300 triplet births in the United States every year. Most of those are not identical.

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