Genetically identical triplets: Beat odds of 200million-to-one to be born exactly the same
Having a child and being a mother is the best feeling in the world. A woman can never describe her feeling in any combination of 26 letters of how she feels when she becomes a mother. What if a girl, who’s about to be a mother gets to know that she’s going to have triplets in her lap. Well that can only triple the happiness and excitement of being a mother. And after the birth if she gets to know that the triplets are identical than you cannot measure the level of excitement and happiness of both the parents.
Fortunately, a 23 year old Becki-Jo Allen gave birth to triplets and was shocked to find out the three little cuties are all identical. The triplets’ mother was shocked to find she was having three babies but she was even more surprised to find the babies are all identical.
The triplets were delivered by caesarean section at 31 weeks. Rocco was 3lb 5oz, Roman was 3lb 6oz and Rohan was 3lb 10oz.
Ten-month-old Roman, Rocco and Rohan Tierney are completely identical – meaning the odds of them being born were up to one in 200 million.
After being told how similar they looked by other mums, Becki-Jo Allen sent off samples of DNA to be tested – and she had been told that against odds of up to an incredible 200 million to one, the naturally conceived trio are identical.
Identical triplets are conceived when the fertilised egg splits twice. The odds against them occurring without fertility treatment have been put at between one in 60,000 and one in 200million.
‘When they were newborns it was quite hard to tell which one was which, but I never got them mixed up myself,’ she said.
‘They’ve all got dark birthmarks between their eyebrows, but Roman’s is slightly darker than the others’, and Rohan has got a birthmark on his leg as well.
Miss Allen, from Gateacre, Liverpool, also has a three-year-old daughter, Indiana.
The triplets get through around 130 nappies a week between them and four packs of baby wipes, while a pack of formula lasts about two days and the washing machine is run around three times a day.
As their father, Liam Tierney, 28, does not live with her, much of the day to day help comes from her sister Lauren, 17.
Before having Indiana, their mother’s ambition was to train as a neo-natal nurse – a wish she is even keener to fulfill after what she has gone through.