Becki-Jo Allen, the 23-year-old mother of identical triplets was shocked when she was told she was expecting three babies.
Now thriving at home after spending 6 weeks in intensive care, little Roman, Rocco and Rohan had another surprise in store for their mum.
Becki-Jo was told howmuch her triplets looked like. Out of curiosity, she sent off samples of DNA to be tested – and she has now been told that against odds of up to an incredible 200 million to one, the naturally conceived trio are identical, Dailymail reports.
‘When they were newborns it was quite hard to tell which one was which, but I never got them mixed up myself,’ she said yesterday.
‘They’ve all got dark birthmarks between their eyebrows, but Roman’s is slightly darker than the others’, and Rohan has got a birthmark on his leg as well.
‘When they were in the hospital, the doctors said they were non-identical, but since they came home lots of people have said they can’t tell them apart.’
According to the Multiple Births Foundation, the only way to establish for certain whether twins or triplets are identical known as zygosity determination is usually DNA testing.
After examining them, Allen took cheek swabs from Roman, Rocco and Rohan and sent them off to a laboratory to be analysed – and earlier this month received the news that they are genetically identical.
‘I was surprised because I expected them to be non-identical,’ she said. ‘But then I’m normally the only one who can tell them apart, so that does explain a lot!’
The cute babies are the youngest of what is thought to be only a handful of naturally conceived sets of identical triplets in the UK.
Allen, who is from Gateacre, Liverpool, also has a three-year-old daughter, Indiana.
On her triplets personalities, she said:
‘Rohan is the loud one, he’s always shouting. ‘Rocco is normally quite laid-back, but he can be feisty too, while Roman is usually complaining that he doesn’t want to share.
‘They’re always crawling about after the same toy, trying to get to it before their brothers do.
‘Indiana loves them, she’s not one bit jealous – I do feel a bit sorry for her when I think what it’s going to be like growing up with three little brothers though!’
The triplets get through around 130 nappies a week between them and four packs of baby wipes, while a pack of formula lasts about two days and the washing machine is run around three times a day.
Their father, Liam Tierney, 28, does not live with her, much of the day to day help comes from her sister Lauren, 17.
Photo credit: Photojosphotography/Liverpool Echo
Tags: Becki-Jo Allen, Lauren, Liam Tierney, triplets
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Wow! Interesting. They look so adorable.
Beautiful babies. I can imagine the physical and financial stress on the family
not easy at all
Wow..at just 23.. huge congrats to her.
They’re so freaking cute
Rare gift…God bless & protect them
Amazing indeed. They look so cute
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