The triplets are born in Britain, and their mother is the only one who doesn’t mix them up.
Becki-Jo Allen couldn't believe 100% identity, so she performed a DNA analysis. The results shocked the whole world.
In terms of genetics, absolute identity makes 200 million to one chance. Scientists claim such children are rare. Conceiving triplets without assistive technology is a rarity as well, but the 100% identical triplets are something unbelievable.
Becki's family never got even twins, so there was no way she expected triplets looking like two peas in a pod. Or rather three peas.
Happy 23-year-old mom has already learned to tell them apart due to their personalities. “When they were newborns, it was difficult to tell the difference, but I rarely mixed them up,” Becki says.
“All kids have birthmarks between the eyebrows, but Roman’s is slightly darker than the others, and Rohan, for example, has it on his leg,” mom explains. “Being in the hospital, the doctors told they were not identical, but since we left a lot of my friends have been telling they are three of a kind."
“According to the Multiple Births Foundation, the only way to establish 100% identity is a DNA test. So we decided to take the one,” mom says.
Having consulted with the Fundation, Becki-Jo took oral cavity swabs from her triplets and sent them to a laboratory for an analysis. In early May, she received the results that they are genetically identical. They are the youngest of naturally conceived kids in the UK.
"I couldn't believe it," Becki says. “I didn’t see it might be twins, not to mention triplets. Our family deal with this for the first time ever." Liverpool Women's Hospital doctors scanned the mother-to-be every week. Triplets were delivered by Caesarean Section at the 31 week of pregnancy. Rocco was 1.5 kg, Roman was 1.53 kg and Rohan was 1.64 kg.
“Now, when the kids are home, I begin to tell apart their personalities, as they’re totally different. Rohan is the loudest, he shouts all the time. Rocco is the quite one, but he can be irritable too, and Roman is secretive and not willing to share,” happy mom says.
Becki-Jo has daughter Indiana, who is three years older than triplet siblings. "Indiana loves them and isn’t jealous at all," mom admits.
The babies need about 130 diapers and four baby wipe packages every week. A pack of formula lasts for about two days, and the washing machine is run 3 times a day. The father of the triplets, 28-year-old Liam Tierney, doesn’t live with Becki-Jo, so her 17-year-old sister Lauren is of a great help.
Before the birth of Indiana, Becki-Jo wanted to be a natal nurse, and now she's even more into it, especially after what she’s been through. "All assistance and medical care we got was very good," she says. “I am happy we worked everything out.”
Identical triplets are conceived when the fertilized egg splits twice. If twins or triplets have one membrane in the mother’s womb, as a rule, they are identical. If not, their placentas are indistinguishable from those of non-identical twins, and only DNA test can tell this for certain.
In 2014, Karen Gilbert from Pontypool, South Wales, delivered triplets, and every morning she painted their toenails in different colors every to differentiate between Ffion, Maddison and Paige.