Woman gives birth to rare identical triplets

Woman gives birth to rare identical triplets (Image 1)

A Pennsylvania woman gave birth to rare identical triplets in early February.

At 33 weeks, Allison Rhoa gave birth to her triplet daughters Ava Grace, Avery Hope and Alyssa Faith on February 5 in Abington, Pa.

Natural born triplets happen in about 1 in 100,000 births ABC News reported, so rare that it shocked both the parents and their physicians.

“I went into my first ultra sounds and I just expected to see one. Then the technician said to my husband that he better sit down,” Rhoa told ABC News. “I was just in total shock I just kept smiling and my husband just looked worried. I think the technician was more excited than we were [at the time], just because it is so rare.”

Rhoa is being taken care of by Dr. Frank Craparo, the Chief Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Abington Memorial Hospital.

“We have had at least two sets [of identical triplets] that come to mind over a 20 year period,” Craparo said. “Most triplets that happen [these] days are because of fertility treatments, but they did this all on their own.”

As a new mom, Rhoa is concerned about caring for the triplets both constantly and financially.

“Of course I feel very happy, but at the same time I am scared. I have never even had one kid before,” Rhoa said. “It's [taking care of them] basically non-stop. You know, by the time I am done feeding the third baby, 15 minutes later it's time to feed the first one.”

“When they come home I am going have to figure out how to feed two at a time, or else I won't be able to sleep,” Rhoa continued.

Although the triplets can breathe on their own, they need a feeding tube. However, they are doing well and baby Ava may be able to go home next week. Her sisters will follow soon after.

*ABC News contributed to this story.

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