In England, Becki-Jo Allen and her baby daughter Indiana led secure, peaceful lives.
But one day Becki-Jo started to feel queasy and thought she might be expecting again.
It found out that she was indeed carrying triplets! Yet when it was time to present them, a shock even greater than that announcement was in store. Given the rarity of what occurred, the odds against it happening are as high as 200 million to 1.
In England, Becki-Jo and her daughter Indiana reside just outside of Liverpool. Their lives were peaceful until Becki-Jo started to wonder if something was going on within her body one day. It started when she felt sick to her stomach.
Becki-Jo told the Liverpool Echo: “I had been being very sick and had a really bad headache so I booked an early scan and that was when I found out I was expecting triplets. It was the biggest shock of my life!
“We haven’t got any triplets in the family so it came completely out of the blue.”
The mom was understandably shocked, but delighted with the news. Indiana was to be the big sister to three! Becki-Jo received plenty of support from loved ones and went about trying to mentally prepare herself for the task of bringing three children into the world.
In week 31 of her pregnancy, however, Becki-Jo was rushed to hospital with complications. There, she delivered her triplets via Caesarean section. Due to the premature nature of their births, they were extremely small.
The smallest of them, Rocco, weighed just 3,3lbs. His brothers were only slightly heavier.
As a result of their size, all three had to spend six weeks in intensive care.
Pregnancies involving triplets are fraught with risk, and it’s rare that all three foetuses survive.
However, Becki-Jo’s three turned out to be fighters. They all recovered, steadily gained weight and became stronger with each passing day.
Then, after almost one and a half months in hospital, the boys were able to go home.
Now, Becki-Jo herself was convinced her boys weren’t identical, even though she had trouble telling them apart.
But as they grew people continued to struggle to know which one was which. Strangers would stop Becki-Jo in the street just to ask!
So the mom decided to investigate the matter further, contacting a lab that helped to perform DNA tests on the three brothers.
The results proved that the brothers were genetically identical. The chances of that happening can be as high as a mind-blowing one in 200 million.
Reportedly, the odds of triplets being born have increased with the introduction of test tubes and hormone stimulation. Even so, to be genetically identical is still extremely unusual.
“We don’t get anywhere fast because people are always stopping us when we’re out and asking if they are identical.
“I was always convinced they weren’t, because that’s what I had been told during my pregnancy.”
As one might anticipate, the family uses a lot of resources. The washing machine is reportedly running nearly 24 hours a day, according to Becki-Jo.
And look at how big they have gotten now!
Naturally, when they are out and about, this adorable family attracts a lot of attention.