In October 2014, doctors told former Olympic gymnast, Jaime Halsey, that she should abort two of her triplets to save the other. But Jaime and her husband, Steve, refused and were referred to a specialist. Their specialist brought grim news: their triplets only had a 50/50 chance of surviving.
However, just last week, the couple welcomed Eden Rose, Amber Joy and Erin Aila via a planned caesarean section.
According to the Daily Mail, the girls were born with only minor complications before being placed into incubators for further care at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. In 2000, Jaime represented Team GB at the Sydney Olympic Games; and now Jamie coaches and runs a cake-making business from home.
Jaime said, “[The birth] was the most amazing, yet surreal experience of my life, and I loved every minute. I felt so overwhelmed, I had heard each one cry and been able to see them it was just the best feeling ever.”
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She added, ‘”Other people have triplets and I wasn’t prepared to abort two healthy babies just to make life easier. My initial emotional reaction was ‘I can’t do that. I will keep them all and carry on with the pregnancy whatever. Collectively we made the decision we would give the three babies the best opportunity we possibly could to come into the world. As sport has taught us both, all you need is a chance, positivity and the faith of others in your ability to be a success.”
Steve is also thrilled about the safe arrival of his healthy girls.
He said, “We would proudly like to welcome into the world our beautiful daughters, middle names Rose and Joy after our Mum’s and Aila meaning ‘from a strong place.’ Now our journey really begins. I was allowed the opportunity to tell and show Jaime how immensely proud of her I am for growing and housing three beautiful little girls to complement our beautiful daughter Florence.”
As LifeNews previously reported, the practice of aborting babies to “save” others is called “selective reduction,” and is especially common when couples use fertility drugs. This is because to increase success rates, IVF practitioners implant more than one embryo in the woman’s uterus in hopes that at least one will take. Then when more embryos than are desired implant, doctors “reduce” the pregnancy down to the desired number. Additionally, carrying more than two babies can cause serious health complications and many doctors feel uncomfortable handling high-risk pregnancies.