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Perth mum’s heartbreaking decision that lead to miracle triplets

Pearl, Henry and Rufus were delivered by caesarian section on 3 July. Pearl weighed just 690 grams when she was born and faces a tough few months in hospital.
Nanjing Night Net

It’s a story of boy meets girl, their three kids… and the miracle triplets who rocked their world.

Proud parents Rowan and Chloe, who preferred to keep their surname out of the media, welcomed their first son into the world three years ago.

Evan was later joined by two little brothers, two-year-old Otto and one-year-old Felix.

“We cherished our three boys beyond words and felt in our hearts that our magic number would be four, so we tried again for one more baby to complete our family,” Chloe said.

At the six-week ultrasound, the couple received some surprising news.

“The ultrasound tech quickly told us she saw two,” Chloe recalled.

“It was a couple of minutes later that she said ‘and there’s another one right here’. That was it, the biggest shock of my entire life. I couldn’t stop crying and shaking.”

Once the shock subsided, the family started preparing to welcome three babies – two more boys and a girl – into the world.

But 24 weeks into the pregnancy, the parents were forced to make a heartbreaking decision. The little girl was not thriving inside the womb and doctors warned her ill-health was putting the other two babies at risk.

One option was to let the female foetus die to give the males a better chance of survival. For Chloe, that wasn’t an option.

At just 28 weeks, and under the care of experts, Chloe delivered triplets Henry, Rufus and Pearl on July 3. The little girl weighed just 690 grams, half the size of her brothers.

“Pearl fought so hard to make it to 28 weeks and I had to fight to do what I felt was going to save her life,” she said.

“I’ve always wanted a daughter, ever since before I had any children at all. I have been incredibly blessed with five amazing sons and finally a sweet baby girl.”

All of the babies are still in hospital, but their arrival has brought new challenges – time and money.

Friends of the family have launched a crowdfunding campaign to ease the pressure on the expanded brood and help pay for cots, blankets, car seats and the odd bit of help around the house.

Money raised would also allow proud dad Rowan to extend his leave from work so he can take care of his three eldest sons.

“We don’t have much family here, we do have my sister and she’s been amazing with looking after the boys when we’ve needed it,” Chloe told 6PR’s afternoons program.

“My husband works full time and for our other boys, he took two weeks off after they were born until I got going being a stay-at-home mum to all of them, but this time we need a bit more time for him to come and be with me.

“A lot of people have said there are services available etc and that’s helpful, but what I really need the most is for him to be with me, not just physically to help me with all the kids but emotionally because it has been such a hard time.”

Anyone wishing to contribute to the crowdfunding effort can do so via the Indiegogo website.

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