About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us

Premature Triplets Brought Back to Life Thrice!

by VR Sreeraman on November 11, 2007 at 12:39 PM
Font : A-A+

Premature Triplets Brought Back to Life Thrice!

Premature triplets were brought back to life three times after they stopped breathing.

When triplets Isabel, Ben and Emily Collier were born they weighed only just over 2lb each. They fought for life in intensive care but finally doctors helped them cheat death.


Their parents Andy and Anna Collier have hailed the survival of the three kids as a miracle.

"When they were born they were just so tiny. They could have each fitted into the palm of our hands," the Daily Mail quoted Anna, as saying.

"When they stopped breathing and had to be resuscitated each time, we thought we could lose them," she added.

Collier gave birth to the triplets at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on January 6 last year, at 29 weeks.

Isabel weighed 2lb 9oz, Ben 2lb 7oz and Emily 2lb 1oz. They were kept on ventilators in intensive care because they could not breathe on their own.

"I wondered how could anything so small possibly survive," Anna said.

The triplets caught numerous infections but managed to hang on.

But she said that at eight weeks, Isabel stopped breathing.

"It was terrifying. She went blue and limp and lifeless. The doctors managed to resuscitate her. She was so lucky, as she was just seconds from death," she said.

She said that three weeks later the same thing happened to Ben.

"One minute he looked fine, the next he went completely still. He was turning blue before my eyes. I screamed for help and the doctors came rushing over. Luckily they were able to resuscitate him too," she said.

Only two hours later, Emily stopped breathing too. She was the weakest triplet, but doctors managed to save her too.

"I was just standing out in the corridor crying. As the doctors pumped the life back into Emily too I just worried about how much more the babies could take. That afternoon, when we nearly lost them both, I called Black Tuesday," Anna said.

She also said that unbelievably, each baby had to be brought back to life two further times.

"Each time they managed to hold on. The doctors couldn't believe what little fighters they were. If it had just been one baby who nearly died three times, that would have been bad enough. To nearly lose all three of them three times each was an emotional rollercoaster. But I knew these babies were fighters and were going to hang on," she said.

The triplets were discharged after 101 days of hospitalisation. They have pulled through and are now up to average weight.

"Isabel is the motherly one while Emily is the tomboy. Ben is the placid one - he has to be with two sisters," Anna said.

In order to thank the hospital, the parents of the triplets have set up a charity to raise 250,000 pounds for life- saving equipment for the neonatal unit.

Source: ANI

News A-Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021 - Fighting for Rights in the Post-COVID Era
Effect of Blood Group Type on COVID-19 Risk and Severity
Woman with Rare Spinal Cord Defect from Birth Sues Doctor
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Multiple Pregnancy 

Recommended Reading
Taking Care Of Airways - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
CPR is a temporary procedure that can be used to maintain some blood flow to the brain, heart, and ....
CPR - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation - Animation
CPR or CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION can restore function of the heart and lungs due to any ......
Serial Surrogate Mother All Set to Create World Record With Triplets!
Carole Horlock doesn't seem exhausted after an astonishing nine surrogate pregnancies, for she is .....
Multiple Pregnancy
Multiple Pregnancy or multiple births refers to the condition where a woman delivers twins or multip...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use