Awwwww (grab a tissue) Three in vitro siblings conceived in a petri dish are triplets, but born years apart
Three in vitro siblings conceived in a petri dish are triplets, but born years apart
A Texas newborn, Andrew Gracin, is the last in a set of triplets who were conceived in the same Petri dish — but his siblings are already years older.
By Rheana Murray / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
A Texas newborn is the last in a set of triplets who were conceived in the same Petri dish — but his siblings are already years older.
Andrew Gracin was recently born in McKinney, Texas, joining older sisters Julianna, 4, and AnnaSophia, 2.
Technically, they’re triplets.
“They are what we like to call ‘tripblings.’ They are triplets by conception and siblings by their date of birth,” mother Joyce Mallon told KHOU-TV.
Three embryos were conceived when Joyce and her husband, Chris Mallon, turned to in vitro fertilization in October 2007.
“Sometimes when you pray for a miracle, you get three,” Joyce said. “And so that’s what we have.”
After years of struggling with infertility, Joyce gave birth to Julianna nine months later, while the girl’s siblings were preserved in frozen storage.
“We made a vow that we would go back and get them,” Chris told the station.
The couple kept their promise and had the other two children, two years apart.
“I kept saying, ‘We waited so long for you,” Joyce said. “But really, they waited so long for us. I mean, AnnaSophia and Andrew were just patient little things and just waited for us. So we look at them and think, ‘you all came from the same point in time, and now they’re reunited.’” (*makes me happy cry!)
Experts say twins and triplets being born at different points in time is becoming more common as more families use in vitro fertilization, and freezing techniques improve.
There are about 400,000 frozen embryos in the United States today.
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