Dad of Rare Identical Triplets: 'Man, I Need a Bigger Car'

Ron, Elkanah, and Abishai Choge are a 1-in-20M birth in Kansas City
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 27, 2018 7:52 AM CST
Rare Identical Triplets Born in KC, 'Doing Wonderfully'

A Kansas couple is celebrating after becoming parents to a rare set of identical triplets. Dr. Josh Petrikin says the boys are "doing wonderfully" while under observation in Truman Medical Center's neonatal intensive care in Kansas City, Mo. Researchers say identical triplets occur only about once per 20 million to 30 million deliveries, reports the AP. The boys—Ron, Elkanah, and Abishai—were born at 34 weeks on Thursday. That's six weeks premature, which often means complications, says Petrikin, but "these babies don't seem to realize that and they're doing quite well."

Their parents, Nicole and Caleb Choge, already have a 2-year-old son, reports the Kansas City Star. The father says he, his wife, and their toddler prayed for another child and that "God answered everybody's prayer: one, two, and three." Until recently, the family lived in Kenya, where Caleb Choge is from and was working as a pilot. They moved to Ottawa, Kansas, to be closer to Nicole Choge's family. Reality is setting in for dad: "Man, I need a bigger car," he says. "Now the logistics come in my mind, I’m like all right, this is a whole different ballgame." Pictures of the boys, and video of a very happy dad, is over at the Star.

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