The lengths that a parent would go to in order to protect their child are unfathomable.
Chloe Dunstan was already a mother of three when she found out she was pregnant with triplets. Her and her husband were shocked, but elated to have three more additions to their already-big family.
Seven months into the pregnancy, she received some horrible news. Out of the three children, it turns out that the sole baby girl was failing to develop as much as the other two.
She was due for two boys and a girl, but was told that the girl would not survive.
The doctors told Chloe that the girl wasn’t getting the oxygen and nutrients she needed, and that if Chloe waited until the due date to give birth, the girl most likely wouldn’t have survived.
Chloe had a decision to make. She could’ve let her pregnancy run its course and have one of her babies die, or she could’ve induced birth and had all three babies through a C-Section, but risk the health of all three.
“The answer seems straightforward but it was the hardest decision of my life,” Chloe said in an Instagram post. Though both options had incredible risks, she went with what she felt was right.
At 28 weeks and 3 days, Chloe had a C-Section to give birth to the triplets.
Her baby girl came out alive, but she wasn’t out of the woods yet. She was born only about 1 pound, and spent the first few weeks on a ventilator. A liver problem also plagued the baby girl; Chloe had said there were a few instances where they thought they would lose her.
But a few weeks went by, and all three babies turned out to be healthy!
Chloe, despite all of her doubts, had all three healthy triplets to make her family count eight.
The boys were named Henry and Rufus, the girl was named Pearl. Though initially guilty that she put the boys in danger by having birth early, she knew she made the right decision.
“Pearl would have died if we didn’t deliver early, so I will never regret that,” Chloe told Daily Mail. She would’ve rather had taken to risk to keep all three of them, rather than deal with the near-guarantee of losing one of them.
Now with six children, Chloe and her husband, though overwhelmed at times, are thankful to have all of their babies healthy.
“I can’t wait to see how their bond grows over time,” Chloe said. She had taken a risk, but it paid off in the end as now she gets to live a happy life with all of her children.