Mother Gives Birth to Rare Identical Triplets, Including Conjoined Twins

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 18, 2015   |   6:43PM   |   Corpus Christi, Texas

A Texas mom has given birth to rare identical triplets — but the birth is even more extraordinary because two of the babies are conjoined twins. Representatives of Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi said the conjoined babies, who share a colon and are joined at the pelvis, are in good medical condition.

Catalina, Ximena and Scarlett were born Saturday at Corpus Christi Medical Center-Bay Area and the two conjoined girl babies were then transferred to Driscoll Children’s Hospital.

Silvia Hernandez of Brownsville had the babies after spending weeks in the hospital. They were delivered via Cesarian section at about 34 weeks– several weeks shy of the typical due date. They weighed 4 pounds, 11 ounces and were able to breathe on their own without respirators. Catalina remains at Corpus Christi Medical Center-Bay Area where she is listed in good medical condition.

Meanwhile, Hernandez and husband Raul Torres are recovering and they both have a 2-year-old son.


Here’s more from ABC News:

“We’re good,” he told ABC News, explaining that the conjoined babies were in one hospital and the remaining baby was in another with Hernandez, who is still recovering from her cesarean section. “The two babies are going into surgery right now. They’re going to check their liquids to see that nothing’s blocked up.”

He said the babies will likely be separated within six months or a year at Driscoll Children’s Hospital, in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Hernandez and Torres were thrilled to learn they were expecting triplets — but when they learned two of them were conjoined, excitement turned to fear.

“The truth is I cried, not because of how the babies would look because we knew we would do our best to give them the best and most productive life possible, I cried because the doctor said we had to understand and accept the fact that once they were born they could die,” she wrote on a Facebook page she and her husband created to document their journey.

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Hernandez spent nearly two months in the hospital awaiting the triplets’ arrival, but she often couldn’t move, and because she speaks very little English, Torres needed to translate a lot of information for her, he told ABC affiliate KIII News..

“We’re going to love them no matter how they look and how they come out,” Torres told KIII.

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