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Extremely Rare Identical Triplets Are Born–Home from Hospital

Edit: October 15, 2008 Now another set of naturally conceived identical triplets–of the boy variety, though–have gone home from the hospital. Healthy!

Desmond, left, and Kerry Lyons, of Irvington New York, hold their newborn identical triplets Kevin, right, Declan, center, and Cormac during a news conference at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Forgive Kerry and Desmond Lyons if they sometimes mix up their sons’ names. After all, they’re brand new and look alike.

The rare set of identical triplets conceived without fertility treatments left a Manhattan hospital Tuesday for their suburban


Some say it is a 200 million to one chance they would be born. But here they are: three beautiful identical triplets. They’re of the girl type, were naturally conceived, born in England and are named Gabriella, Alessia and Olivia

The proud parents with their identical triplets (left to right) Olivia, Gabriella and Alessia

The girls were kept on an incubator in Peterborough Maternity Unit where they built up their strength until they were taken home to the house Miss Testa shares with the proud father, her fiancé Richard Rees, 22.

As a midwife, Miss Testa was aware just how exceptional her pregnancy was. ”I found out at my 12-week scan I was having triplets,” Miss Testa said.

More of the story here. From


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By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 81 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 64 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

8 replies on “Extremely Rare Identical Triplets Are Born–Home from Hospital”

I didn’t have any trouble telling them apart when they were born, but most everyone else did. Yes, they are grown now, and they still look a lot alike. A lot of people still can’t tell them apart, but it may be the ones that don’t see them very often. They are 6’7″ and very handsome, and heads turn when they walk into a room together !! 🙂 (You got more than you asked for!! Sorry…)


My wife and I had the same reaction as Gayla. God bless this couple. He already has, but they’ll need more blessing to raise three identical girls the same age.


I am the mother of identical twin sons, so this kind of story always interests me. How FUN…but lots of work!! Bless her…

Gayla, your sons are grown now. Right? Do they still look identical? Did you have trouble telling them apart when they were first born?


I read this story a few days ago in the news and was amazed.

BTW, drop by my blog. There is something for you.

Hi, Jana. I just went over and read the post. Thank you so very much. That was incredibly sweet.


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