Triplets make the family complete
28 May 2012
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
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
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."