First time parents Amy and Mike Howard were in for the surprise of their life when they found out they were having triplets. The couple had conceived the triplets naturally, without IVF, which is very rare.
However, when their boys were born, things got even more uncommon as all 3 triplets share the same rare birth defect. In fact, their case was a 1 in 500 trillion chance. After undergoing corrective surgery at just 11 weeks old, these little miracles made medical history!
The boys, Hunter, Jackson and Kayden, were all born with craniosynostosis, a very rare condition that causes the bones in a baby’s skull to fuse together too early.
“We worked out the probability of maybe 1 in 500 trillion to see a set of triplets that looked like these three,” neurosurgeon Dr. David Chester revealed to Inside Edition.
Doctors observed that Hunter and Jackson, who are identical, had skulls that protruded further than usual at the back of their heads while their brother, Kayden, had a pointy forehead forming a triangular shaped head.
Dr Chester further explained that the condition has severe consequences if it isn’t treated. “Your skull is made up of plates, it’s not a single bone. If the seams join together too early, the brain can be put under pressure. That can be detrimental to the brain, the vision, the life of the child.”
“It’s not imminently life-threatening, but it can cause real consequences down the road.” He added.
At just 11 weeks old, the triplets underwent correctional surgery. Talking to WCBS-TV, the boys’ mom, Amy Howard, said, “It was really extremely scary thinking about your 8- or 9-week-old baby going through surgery.”
The boys’ dad, Mike, added, “I was very freaked out. Any time you have to put a baby in surgery, it’s a little crazy.”
Over a two day period, each of the babies had their operation, where the surgeons cut out a strip of bone to remove the fused seam in each baby’s skull.
The brothers made history yet again as it was the first time that the surgery had been performed on triplets. Fortunately, the boys did great during their operations and were back home in just 2 days.
The triplets were also fitted with custom-made orthotic helmets to help mold their skulls into a more typical shape. “It took them a little bit of time to adjust, but they don’t give me any problems taking them off or putting them back on at all,” Amy said.
The triplet’s heads are now back to normal and their parents are absolutely amazed by the difference.
The couple revealed they would love to add a girl to their family, they currently aren’t planning on having any more kids. “With our luck, we would have another set of triplets,” Mike joked.
How amazing is it that these brothers are 1 in 500 trillion siblings! We are just so glad that these adorable triplets are well and healthy now.
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