A rare set of naturally conceived identical triplets was born today at Willis-Knighton South & the Center for Women’s Health in Shreveport. The infants are the sons of Auset Champion and Derrick Harris, both of Arcadia, La.
They were delivered by cesarean section this morning by Dr. Betsy LeRoy, an obstetrician who is part of Willis-Knighton’s high risk OB transport team. She was assisted by Dr. Greg Phillips.
Dr. LeRoy indicates that the rate of spontaneous identical triplets is quoted between 1 in 1 million or higher, and that it is so rare that no good data exists.
"This is an exciting day for Ms. Champion and her family and we feel privileged to be a part of such a rare and historic delivery here at the Willis-Knighton South Center for Women's Health,” LeRoy said. “She's endured quite a bit to grow these babies to just a few weeks of term. Our hopes are that they continue to grow and flourish - and be kind to their momma in the middle of the night!"
The babies were transferred to the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) where they will remain under the care of neonatologists until they are released to go home.
Mother and babies are doing well.