Mom of triplets delivers them FIVE DAYS APART, holds the world record
Mom, 33, gave birth to triplets five days apart.
- Kaylie DeShane gave birth to triplets born in different decades.
- The first one of the three babies was born on December 28, 2019, while the other two were born on January 2, 2020.
- Despite fears that the infants might not survive, they are now “healthy, thriving, and even close to walking.”
Kaylie DeShane, 33, from New York, is the proud mother of three beautiful identical triplets born five days apart. What’s more, the babies were born in different decades. Imagine that!
DeShane first gave birth to her baby boy Cian on December 28, 2019. Then, five days later, on January 2, his twins Rowan and Declan were born. As Daily Mail reports, the mom currently holds the world record for the longest interval between the birth of triplets.
All three babies had distressingly low odds of survival, as they were born in the 22nd week of DeShane’s pregnancy.
After Cian’s birth, doctors intentionally kept his siblings inside of their mom for as long as they could, as they feared the premature birth might cause fatal complications. Thankfully, Cian, Rowan, and Declan are now healthy and happy 17-months-old angels.
The proud mom said:
“After trying to fall pregnant four years, with my husband, Brandon, 35, we decided to try IVF. We already have an adopted son, Holden, seven, and a step-daughter, Naveah, 12, but we wanted a sibling for them.
We decided to place two embryos rather than just one because we thought we would have a better chance of having a baby. We were told that there was a ten per cent chance of it ending up being twins and a one per cent chance of it being a triplet pregnancy.”
DeShane explained that she and her husband “never expected” to have triplets. She added:
“When we found out we were having three babies we were so shocked but it was incredible. We would have been happy with one baby, and now we were having three.”
During DeShane’s pregnancy, doctors warned her to terminate the two identical babies to give their brother a better chance of survival.
Not only was the mom told her life might be at risk if she chooses to keep the triplets, but her medics also advised her to give up on two of her babies, so the other one could survive.
However, the 33-year-old mom refused to follow her doctors’ advice and continued with her pregnancy. She said:
“At 16 weeks it was discovered that my cervix was failing and that I would need emergency surgery to stitch it up because I was 1 to 2cm dilated. It was absolutely terrifying because we thought we might lose Cian. He was the baby that was closest to the exit and there is a risk that the surgery can rupture the sac. But luckily that didn’t happen and the surgery worked. For the next few weeks of the pregnancy, I had to focus on resting in bed to keep my babies inside of me.”
“At 22 weeks and five days, I went for an anatomy scan where I was told everything was fine. However, later that evening my water broke. I was so scared because I was only 22 weeks pregnant, I had no idea if the babies would live or survive if they were born at this point in the pregnancy.”
The next morning, she woke up with heavy bleeding. She then found out Cian was on the way.
Medics feared the first baby might not be alive, as they couldn’t get reading on him.
Gratefully, doctors were soon able to stabilize Cian. The mom recalled:
“I saw him for a split second before he was taken over to the NICU. He was so small, I couldn’t believe it. He weighed less than 1lb. I lay there expecting the next two babies to come but nothing happened. I was kind of like, ‘Now what?’.
I kept asking where the other two babies are and the doctors said we don’t want them to come out if we can help it. Nothing was happening and the doctors explained to me that they wanted to hold off delivering the next two babies for as long as possible because it was so early in the pregnancy. The hospital had never had any 22-week babies that survived and Cian only had a nine percent chance of making it.”
After five days in labor, Cian’s sister Rowan and their brother Declan were born.
As soon as the prematurely born babies were welcomed into this world, they had breathing tubes put in place and were taken off to the NICU. DeShane commented:
“The babies spent a total of four months in the NICU. It was touch and go at times for each of them. But we didn’t lose faith and we kept fighting for our babies.
Declan was the first baby to come home with us on April 17. He made it home before their actual due date of April 26. Rowan was the next baby to come home on April 30, and Cian came home on May 4. And we finally had our family at home together. And although it was amazing, it was terrifying. They were all still on oxygen so we hardly left the nursery.
But by Autumn they had all been weaned off the oxygen. They are all breathing perfectly and growing great. They are hitting all of their milestones and aren’t behind at all. They’re healthy, thriving, and even close to walking which is incredible because we were never sure that they were going to make it.
I am so proud of them for the fight they fought.”