A New York couple new they were going to have triplets, but never expected to have identical children.
Owen, Noah, and Miles beat the odds by being identical triplets–doctors said it’s a “one in a million” birth.
“We won the genetic lottery,” father and attorney Jason Fenley said. “It’s pretty cool.”
“It’s a miracle,” he added. “We always ask, ‘Why us? Wow. Why us?’ And for some reason or other, it happened, and it’s an absolute miracle and it’s a blessing to have.”
The babies were born seven weeks premature and then spent 51 days in the NCIU before going home.
Mother Kelli Fenley said the parents already have a system to tell them apart.
“We color-code them,” she said, reported ABC. “Owen is blue, Noah is gray and Miles is green. We dress them in that color, and paint their toenails that particular color.”
The babies have already been showing their different personalities.
“Noah is the most fussy, without a doubt. Miles is, I like to call it, aloof, but Kelli says laid back. And then Owen, he’s kind of more outgoing already,” proud father Jason said, reported CBS.
She recalled the birth at the Winthrop-University Hospital as “chaotic and intense,” with 40 to 50 people swarming around the delivery room.
Doctors at the hospital said identical triplets are a medical marvel.
“They fertilized one egg, that egg split once, and one of the other eggs split again. So genetically speaking they are identical,” said Dr. Martin Chavez, Fetal Medicine. “Anywhere from 1 in 70,000 to 1 in 50-million, but a conservative approach is one in a million.”