Illinois couple beat odds, expect triplets

Nov. 30, 2009 at 5:05 PM   |   Comments

JOLIET, Ill., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Illinois parents of fraternal twin boys, conceived in vitro, are expecting naturally conceived identical triplet girls, a 1-in-200-million chance, doctors say.

After the 1-year-olds were born, Elaine and David Kaemph were informed they probably could not have children unless undergoing fertility treatment, the Joliet (Ill.) Herald-News reported Monday. They wanted to have another baby and talked about adopting, trying in vitro again or on their own.

"It was a big issue for us, because we didn't think we could go naturally," Elaine said.

But Elaine was already pregnant with triplets, all in one placenta, and each in her own sac. The odds of natural, identical triplets range from 1 in 160,000 to 1 in 200 million.

"I was like, I'm just really getting fat. Why am I getting so fat?" Elaine said.

"Sometimes when you're undergoing infertility treatment it can help the process. Sometimes it might improve the situation of having a natural conception," Dr. Lee Yang one of Kaempf's doctors said.

The odds of natural, identical triplets range from 1 in 160,000 to 1 in 200 million.

The mother's reaction when given the news:

"We thought ... one (child). That was it. But we're happy. Everybody's thrilled," Elaine said.

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