A Texas woman welcomed rare identical triplet girls on Saturday, and what’s even more unusual is that two of the babies are conjoined at the pelvis.
New parents Silvia Hernandez and Raul Torres defied the odds with the birth of their three daughters, Catalina, Ximena and Scarlett, at Corpus Christi Medical Center. The odds of having identical triplets without fertility treatments is one in a million, and conjoined twins happen only once in every 200,000 births.
The babies were born at almost 34 weeks and they all weigh 4 lbs., 11 oz.
“God chose us to take care of these babies,” Torres said in a statement released by the hospital. “We put our faith in God’s hands first and everything will be all right.”
The conjoined babies, Ximena and Scarlett, were transferred to Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, and Catalina remains at Corpus Christi Medical Center with Hernandez, who is recovering from her cesarean section.
The conjoined babies are connected at the pelvis. They have separate legs and they also have separate bladders, but part of their intestines and abdominal wall are attached. Torres said the babies would likely be separated within six months to a year.
“The two babies are going into surgery right now. They’re going to check their liquids to see that nothing’s blocked up.” Torres told ABC News.
The couple, who are also parents to their 2-year-old son, Raul Jr., learned two of their babies were conjoined during the pregnancy.
“The truth is I cried, not because of how the babies would look because we knew we would do our best to give them the best and most productive life possible, I cried because the doctor said we had to understand and accept the fact that once they were born they could die,” she wrote on the couple’s Facebook page.
“God chose us for a reason, to take care of them,” Torres told KIII TV. “He sent us little angels for a reason; so it’s a big blessing for us.”
Torres had to leave his job as a painter and sandblaster to care for his wife and their son during the final weeks of Hernandez’s pregnancy. The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with medical expenses.