In Australia, Chloe Dunstan gave birth to triplets at 28-weeks because doctors told her she would lose her daughter in utero if she didn’t delivery early. Although her two sons were healthy, her daughter was deprived of oxygen and nutrients in the womb. Unfortunately, Chloe’s doctors asked her to consider letting the girl die to save the boys.
However, Chloe refused to kill Pearl (shown below)and decided to go ahead with the premature delivery.
She explained, “I feel guilty for having the boys delivered when they were growing so well in the womb. But Pearl would have died if we didn’t deliver early, so I will never regret that. I do remember briefly considering the alternative of letting her go so her brothers could continue to grow strong and healthy and have the best start in life, but now that she’s here, my heart hurts at the thought of not having her in our lives.”
The Daily Mail reports that Chloe and her husband Rohan welcomed their triplets Henry, Rufus and Pearl into the world on July 3rd. After birth, they stayed in the hospital for eleven weeks before they were finally able to go home. Initially, Henry weighted a little over three pounds, Rufus weighed less than three pounds and Pearl weighed only one-and-a-half pounds. The babies had to undergo blood transfusions and as expected, Pearl struggled the most.
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“Pearl had a PDA in her heart that closed on it’s own, she had a pulmonary haemorrhage, a minor brain bleed, she fought a horrible infection and there were days we weren’t sure if she would make it, especially the early weeks when she was on a ventilator. She had something called metabolic bone disease, which resolved with medication. The main ongoing issue was her liver, as she was very jaundice for the whole time she was in hospital but the latest scan showed that everything looked fine,” said Chloe.
On social media, Australians are responding to Chloe’s journey and her Instagram page has more than 45,000 followers. She uses the social media site to update her followers on her babies’ progress. In fact, on September 4, she shared the news that her boys would be headed home; and then two weeks later announced that Pearl could go home as well.
Chloe concluded, “At this point I can’t say exactly what the future holds, but all three babies are strong and healthy with no known issues. Pearl is still on a bunch of medication, mostly just extra vitamins, and all three babies have various appointments in the next few months. So far we’ve gotten pretty lucky in the way that the babies sleep well and only wake every 4-5 hours to eat. It still takes over an hour to get them all fed and changed and settled back to sleep though so it does feel like a never ending cycle sometimes.”
Now Chloe is spending time with her babies since she is off work for a few months. She already has three older boys, Evan, 3, Otto, 2 and Felix, 1, and is excited to see how her older kids bond to their new siblings.