Dublin woman gives birth to one in a million miracle triplets at Rotunda Hospital on New Years Day – The Irish Sun

A WOMAN gave birth to "one in a million" identical triplets at a Dublin hospital on New Year's Day.

Annmarie Byrne-Ryan and David Ryan welcomed three boys - who have yet to be named - at theRotunda Hospital at midday yesterday.


Speaking on RTE's Morning Ireland, she said: "They're doing well. Ive yet to see all three together.

"Davids been up and down, back and forward to the NICU ward taking loads of pictures, keeping me updated.

"So Im anxious myself to get down to see them."

The babies were conceived naturally without the help of fertility treatments.

Annmarie, from Swords, told how she was shocked when she discovered she was having three babies - as she had one of her ovaries removed when she was 18.

She added: "It was very much a shock because it wasn't planned.

"We got married at the end of April and went on honeymoon to Dubrovnik in May, and where most people come back with fridge magnets, myself and David brought home triplets.

"So we were in shock about that and we didnt even know we were having them obviously until I had a bit of a bleed nine or ten weeks in and we came into the hospital and we found out then.

"Then it was even more of a shock to find out they were identical.

"We found out later down the line that they were identical I think it was maybe three or four months.

"I have only one ovary myself because I had an operation and had an ovary removed in this hospital when I was 18. So they were baffled with that as well.

"Were blessed, absolutely blessed. Its going to be tough, but weve plenty of support from both families so well just have to do it."

David has a son named Jordan and Annmarie has a daughter named Shauna, both 18, who will help with babysitting.

They also welcomed Mason together two years ago.

Master of the Rotunda Professor Fergal Malone said the triplets are "incredibly unusual."

He added: "The vast majority of triplet pregnancies that we see today are a result of fertility therapy, either mother taking medications to ovulate multiple times or having IVF.

"Only about 10% of triplet pregnancies occur spontaneously, just naturally without any medication or intervention at all.

"Probably no more common than one in a million or even less. The embryo splits once into two identical twins, and then one of those splits yet again into now an identical triplet.

"So not only one split but two splitting to achieve identical triplets is incredibly rare.

"I think it's a big surprise when you tell a patient at seven or eight weeks that not only is she pregnant but she's pregnant with three babies in there.

"Then patient will often say to you, 'well, how is that possible?'.

"Especially if they haven't taken any fertility treatments, and to then say well, 'it's just one of those things', that the ovary releases several eggs.

"But then when you delve a little deeper and you realise no, all three are actually identical, is particularly unusual.

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"So everyone is on standby, jumps in, and everything is done in a calm controlled manner. But it's because we're so busy we have that depth available.

Fergal said the babies will spend no more than two or three weeks in hospital before they can go home.

23 babies were born at Dublin's Rotunda Hospital on New Year's Day with the first being welcomed at 12 minutes past midnight.

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