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Triplets make the family complete

28 May 2012

Health Care

With four children at home, Carolyne Goodall persuaded her husband Gordon to have 'just one more' baby.

But she was not far into her pregnancy when a scan revealed that there would, in fact, be three new additions to the family - siblings for Cameron, 15, Madelayne, 13, Dominick, 11 and seven-year-old Izabella.

Indiya, Freyah and Frederik were born in Southend University Hospital by emergency caesarean section one day before planned - and just six days after another set of natural triplets was delivered at the hospital.

Neonatal unit manager, Maureen Barnes, said: "Never in my 23 years of looking after newborn babies have there been two sets of triplets born within a week of each other. It is really very special."

There were 20 members of staff in the operating theatre with Carolyne, 42, and Gordon, 43. The caesarean was performed by consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Mr Venkat Raman, assisted by fellow consultant Mr Winston Justin.

Also there to ensure the babies were delivered safely were consultant paediatricians Dr Mokhlesur Raman and Dr Parthasaradhi Rachakonda, consultant anaesthetist Dr Nick Coker and:

  • Two specialist registrars
  • Three senior house officers
  • Three midwives
  • Three neonatal nurses
  • One matron
  • One operating department practitioner
  • One scrub nurse
  • One operating department runner

Gordon, a company director, said: "When we found out that Carolyne was carrying triplets, I could not speak. I honestly could not get the words out of my mouth."

The pregnancy was not without its complications. Carolyne had previously suffered three miscarriages in the last three years and feared it would happen again.

She said: "They were all different sizes and we expected only to end up with one or two. Then they caught each other up."

She also suffered gestational diabetes which she kept under control with diet.

All babies weighed over five pounds when they were born but little Frederik will need to be transferred to Great Ormond Street Hospital for surgery as he was born with no sternum.

Gordon said: "The care at Southend has been brilliant - we cannot fault it. We have had all the children here and everyone has always been so caring."