They’re once, twice, three times a crazy, odds-defying miracle.
Thomas III “Trip,” Finnegan “Finn” James and Oliver “Ollie” Dean were born Tuesday, Oct. 6 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Triplets in and of themselves are rare, but the Dean triplets are extra-special: They’re identical triplets, the odds of range from one in 60,000 births to an astounding one in 200 million, according to Fox 29.
The triplets were conceived without any kind of fertility treatments and arrived in excellent condition, according to a statement from the hospital.
“Incidence of fraternal twins are much higher (90 percent) than identical (10 percent), but, it is even a more significant ratio for triplets,” Victor A. Khouzami, M.D., chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and medical director of the Women’s and Infant Services at GBMC, wrote in the statement. “As you can see to have a patient with spontaneous identical triplets is incredibly rare.”
Parents Kristin, 35, and Thomas, 33, met in 2001 as students at Ohio State University, and will be celebrating four years of marriage come December. Kristen found out she was pregnant after two years of trying in mid-March, just a few days after Tom’s nephew was born.
“After they had their baby, my sister in-law said to us, ‘We’re up next.’ Literally the following weekend, I took a pregnancy test and it was positive,” Kristen said in the hospital’s statement.
“Through our relationship, we’ve found that Tom and I work the best under pressure, so we take the triplets as not only a blessing, but also a challenge that we’re most certainly up for.”