After spending last December in the ICU with her unexpected triplets, a mother is anticipating her first traditional Christmas with her seven children. Thai, Tyler, and Tomas, identical triplets, were born naturally at a 160,000 to 1 ratio when Barrhead, East Renfrewshire resident Mary McCandlish, 36, decided she wanted one more child for her family of four.
After spending last Christmas at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, while the boys fought for their lives in an incubator, Mary is looking forward to their first Christmas at home. Last October, Mary gave birth to Baby, Tyler, and Tomas through c-section at a weight of just 3lbs, 21bs, and 1lb. This year, they will remain at home with their older siblings Katrina, 14, Peter, 17, Emily, 15, and James.
The physicians determined that it would be too dangerous to continue the pregnancy, so my babies were delivered by cesarean section 10 weeks early. At 30 weeks pregnant, I feel like I’ve done okay considering I’m only 5 feet 1 inch tall. The boys have run out of space in the womb and doctors want to give them the best chance of survival. They are all related to the same placenta, the material that is difficult to feed the baby after 30 weeks.
It is crucial that a premature baby’s lungs operate well enough to carry oxygenated blood to the brain and the rest of the body since they aren’t fully grown to breathe on their own. Although doctors cannot guarantee their survival even when they are born, they have flourished since taking their first breath. Their little hands reached out to hold each other the way they did when they were still in the womb.
However, the boys were released from the hospital early this year after spending 10 weeks there, joining their four older siblings. Thai arrived home first, then Tyler, then Tomas. According to Mary, the family will have the nicest Christmas ever this year. This house will likely be among the busiest in the nation, in my opinion. led by love and laughter, as a family should be.
And they’re not afraid to get involved and help,” says Mary. Having triplets in the family can be a recipe for chaos or a master at being a superhero. helped me get in the habit as soon as the boys came home from the hospital.
At 12 weeks, Mary’s initial physical test at the hospital revealed she was expecting triplets. Mary was then informed that the likelihood of experiencing identical triplets naturally was 160,000 to 1. According to twin sonographer Gayle McTaggart, identical triplets are extremely uncommon. After a fertilized egg separates into two, and one of them splits again to produce a total of three children, they emerge. Boys started off as fertilized eggs, thus they all have the same DNA.