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First birthday joy for triplets
8:01am Friday 7th September 2012 in News
IT’S a triple celebration for one Hampshire family today as they mark the first birthday of their miracle triplets.
Harry, Freya and Millie Bowen were born a year ago today, ten weeks prematurely, after a routine scan showed that Millie had stopped growing.
Mum Lisa, who conceived naturally, was rushed straight into the operating theatre for a Caesarean operation.
The tiny trio spent their first seven weeks at Southampton ’s Princess Anne Hospital where Millie had to fight off three infections before having major heart surgery at the city’s children’s heart unit, when doctors spotted she had a narrowing of the aorta.
The family thought that they had made it through the worst when the triplets came home for the first time last November, but then Darren fell seriously ill with a toxic thyroid and was in and out of hospital for five weeks and couldn’t go back to work for six months.
During this time, the family had to rely heavily on friends and family, especially Lisa’s best friend, Suzy Isaac, 30, from Shirley , and parents, Ann and Larry Van Gils from the Isle of Wight.
Now, a year on, and in a larger, four-bedroom house in Hythe , the family are now all healthy and doing really well.
Millie, who was discharged from hospital weighing just 4lb, has caught up with her siblings, although she still has high blood pressure and will need another heart operation in the future.
Lisa, 31, said: “Millie just doesn’t stay still. She’s still visibly smaller than the others.
I think she’ll always be a bit slighter than Freya but that’s possibly because she doesn’t stop moving.”
Dad Darren, 34, added: “They’re three miracles.
Not just because they’re our first babies, but they’re the best thing we’ve ever done and they and Lisa are the best things in my life.
“Life with the triplets is just fantastic. They just improve life tremendously.
“Getting into a routine takes about six months, but a routine is essential with triplets, once you’ve got that you don’t need as much help.”
Darren was also full of praise for his wife.
He said: “There aren’t many people who can go through what she has. I say to her all the time that I’m proud of her. She never told lots of people what she was actually going through.
She’s one in a million.”
The Bowens are throwing a huge party at their home tomorrow for family and friends to mark their children’s first birthday and the hardships they have had to go through to make it to this milestone.
n The odds of having natural triplets without the use of IVF is one in 8,100.
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