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Kansas City Star: Identical triplets born in KC are 'one in a million' doctors say

The baby boys were born at Truman Medical Center in partnership with Children's Mercy

Dr. Josh Petrikin
By Ian Cummings

Doctors call it a one-in-a-million birth.

Identical triplets were born Thursday at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, according to hospital officials. Doctors say such births are even more rare than identical twins, and often require special care for the mother and children.

In this case, baby boys Ron, Elkanah, and Abishai were born just minutes apart from each other and on Sunday were “doing wonderfully” under observation in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, according to Dr. Josh Petrikin, medical director of the NICU, who is also on staff at Children’s Mercy.


photo: Truman Medical Centers

The mother, Nicole Choge of Ottawa, Kan., rested Sunday while her husband Caleb spoke with news reporters.

The couple, who already had a 2-year-old son, were expecting another baby but were surprised when a sonogram revealed the triplets. Identical triplets occur in about 20 or 30 of every million births, according to a 2003 study in the Journal of Biosocial Science.


Read the full article via the Kansas City Star.

Learn more about the Fetal Health Center at Children's Mercy.