A Young Couple Beat Odds Of 200 Million To One To Conceive Identical Triplets Had A 40% ᴄʜᴀɴᴄᴇ Of sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴀʟ.
Ellie Dudfield, 21, and Billy Revell, 20, are adjusting to life as a family of five after welcoming a set of identical triplets – the three boys were born 12 weeks early and had a 40% ᴄʜᴀɴᴄᴇ of sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴀʟ.
A young British couple are getting used to life as a family of five after ʙᴇᴀᴛɪɴɢ ᴏᴅᴅs of 200 million to one to conceive identical triplets. The three boys – Archie, Albie and Arthur – were born 12 weeks early and parents Ellie Dudfield, 21, and Billy Revell, 20, were told there was just a 40 per cent ᴄʜᴀɴᴄᴇ of sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴀʟ.
Each of the boys weighed around 2lbs, and have sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇᴅ a number of ʜᴇᴀʟᴛʜ ɪssᴜᴇs, ɪɴᴄʟᴜᴅɪɴɢ sᴇᴘsɪs, ᴊᴀᴜɴᴅɪᴄᴇ ᴀɴᴅ ᴏɴᴇ ᴏF ᴛʜᴇᴍ ʜᴀᴅ ᴀ ʙʟᴇᴇᴅ ᴏɴ ʜɪs ʙʀᴀɪɴ. But the triplets – who shared the same ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇɴᴛᴀ – ᴅᴇFɪᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ᴏᴅᴅs and are now at home with their parents and older sister Lola, two.
The proud mum, from Kettering, Northampton, said: “We obviously don’t have the typical life of other people our age. It is hard but we’ve always been family orientated so we have made it work. The nurses were impressed by how mature we are when we were in NICU with the boys. Strangers always stop us in the street to look at the boys and they always say ‘well done’ when they realise how young we are.”
The ‘one in 200 million’ set of triplets were born earlier this year on June 30 at 28 weeks and two days following a ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇ in November 2020. They arrived at Kettering General hospital via c-section – Archie weighed 2lb 6oz, Albie, 2lbs 2oz and Arthur, 2lbs 4oz.
And if the triplets weren’t rare enough, Arthur was born in his amniotic sac which occurs in less than one in 80,000 births. They were ᴡʜɪsᴋᴇᴅ sᴛʀᴀɪɢʜᴛ ᴏFF ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇ ɴᴇᴡʙᴏʀɴ ɪɴᴛᴇɴsɪᴠᴇ ᴄᴀʀᴇ ᴜɴɪᴛ ᴡʜɪᴄʜ ɪs ᴡʜᴇɴ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ Fɪɢʜᴛ for sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴀʟ truly began.
Ellie said: “It was an emotional ʀᴏʟʟᴇʀᴄᴏᴀsᴛᴇʀ as they were so ᴜᴘ ᴀɴᴅ ᴅᴏᴡɴ. Aʀᴄʜɪᴇ ᴀɴᴅ Aʟʙɪᴇ ʜᴀᴅ sᴇʀɪᴏᴜsʟʏ ʜɪɢʜ ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ ᴘʀᴇssᴜʀᴇ ᴀɴᴅ ɴᴇᴇᴅᴇᴅ ᴇxᴛʀᴀ ᴠᴇɴᴛɪʟᴀᴛɪᴏɴ so they were moved to University Coventry hospital after two days. It was so difficult having them in separate hospitals and Lola at home with our parents. They all had sᴇᴘsɪs ᴀɴᴅ ᴊᴀᴜɴᴅɪᴄᴇ ᴛᴏᴏ. Aʟʙɪᴇ ᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴀᴄᴛᴇᴅ ᴍᴇɴɪɴɢɪᴛɪs ᴀʀᴏᴜɴᴅ ʜɪs ʙʀᴀɪɴ ᴀɴᴅ ɴᴇᴇᴅᴇᴅ ᴀɴ ᴇxᴛᴇɴsɪᴠᴇ ᴄᴏᴜʀsᴇ ᴏF ᴀɴᴛɪʙɪᴏᴛɪᴄs. Aʀᴄʜɪᴇ ʜᴀᴅ ᴀ ʙʟᴇᴇᴅ ᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇ ʟᴜɴɢ and we were told the outcome is likely to be not very good. But thankfully the next day he was much better.”
Arthur was ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsᴇᴅ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴀ Gʀᴀᴅᴇ Fᴏᴜʀ Bʀᴀɪɴ Bʟᴇᴇᴅ at two weeks old and doctors couldn’t ᴅᴇᴛᴇʀᴍɪɴᴇ ʜɪs ǫᴜᴀʟɪᴛʏ of life.
She adds: “The ᴡᴏʀsᴛ ᴏᴜᴛᴄᴏᴍᴇ Fᴏʀ Aʀᴛʜᴜʀ ᴄᴏᴜʟᴅ ʙᴇ ᴄᴇʀᴇʙʀᴀʟ ᴘᴀʟsʏ, or it could be as minor as needing glasses or having concentration issues. We will know more as he begins to reach the expected milestones. The triplets had a difficult start to life but Billy, who is a multi-trade operative, stayed strong which helped me a lot. He was so ᴘᴏsɪᴛɪᴠᴇ. Lᴏʟᴀ ʜᴀᴛᴇᴅ it because we had never been apart before.”
After 12 weeks in hospital, the family returned home in September.
Ellie said: “It is hard having four babies under two but routine is key. Fortunately, the hospital got the triplets into a good routine and fed them every four hours. Now, they only wake up once in the night. Lola is going through the ᴛᴇʀʀɪʙʟᴇ twos which is the most ᴄʜᴀʟʟᴇɴɢɪɴɢ ʙɪᴛ. We have to balance our time to make sure everyone is having their fair share of attention.”
The couple upgraded their five-seater car to a seven-seater one ahead of the arrival of the triplets. They get through approximately 25 nappies per day and 18 bottles.
She adds: “Luckily, we purchased a three-bedroom house in 2019 so we didn’t have to upsize. Having triplets and a toddler is a lot of nappies and bottles. We get through a tub of formula a day. But I wouldn’t have it any other day as it is so rewarding seeing them grow up. Billy and I absolutely love it but we have no plans on having another baby!”