A couple is ‘over the moon’ after beating ‘one in 200 million’ odds by having identical triplets.
Parents Jenni and James Casper were amazed to discover they had naturally conceived three identical babies last year.
The three baby girls – named Harper-Gwen, Marvella and Evalynn – were delivered nine weeks prematurely at York Hospital on March 31.
Jenni, 27, and James, 26, had initially been told they were expecting twins, the chances of which are roughly one in 250.
But the couple said they were left speechless when they discovered at the 12-week scan that they would be having triplets instead.
Parents Jenni and James Casper were amazed to discover they had naturally conceived three identical babies last year
The three baby girls – named Harper-Gwen, Marvella and and Evalynn – were delivered nine weeks prematurely at York Hospital on March 31
The couple are now parents to five daughters, with their newborns now able to come home and meet their older sisters Danica, 10 and Gabriella, four.
James, a bin man from Selby, North Yorks, said that the whole situation is a little bit ‘surreal’ but ‘amazing.’
‘Now we’re at home and we’ve settled in with them, it’s a bit surreal.
‘But we’re just overwhelmed and they’ve met their older sisters who are absolutely over the moon and are just so excited.’
The little girls weighed 2lb 13oz, 3lb 1oz and 3lb when they were born and spent almost six weeks in a Special Care Baby Unit at York Hospital.
The delighted parents have now been able to bring their new arrivals home.
‘It’s amazing having them home now, it makes us feel more secure knowing that we have got them home.’
After finding out they would be having triplets at 12 weeks, the couple were then even more stunned to find out the girls would be identical at the 20-week scan.
The couple are now parents to five daughters, with their newborns now able to come home and meet their older sisters Danica, 10 and Gabriella, four
Evalynn Casper, Harper-Gwen Casper and Marvella Casper. The little girls weighed 2lb 13oz, 3lb 1oz and 3lb when they were born
Marvella Casper when first born in her incubator. She has now been brought home along with her sisters
‘Jenni rang me as soon as she found out and she told me over the phone,’ James said.
‘At first I didn’t believe her, I thought it was funny because we had been joking, saying ‘can you imagine if we’re having triplets?’
‘She sent me the scan photos of all of their three heads together and my jaw dropped.
‘I was absolutely speechless and I just didn’t know what to do. I was like ‘what do we do now?’
Evalynn Casper when first born in her incubator, after she was born nine weeks prematurely
‘I was in tears and then I was happy and then I was thinking how are we going to cope and it was a whole mix of emotions.’
James said that Harper-Gwen, Marvella and and Evalynn are all ‘literally identical’ and they are having to put them in certain chairs so they know who is who.
‘Now they are getting a little bit older, they are starting to grow into their features. Now they are literally identical.
‘For the first two days of them being home, we left their hospital wristbands on that have their names on.
After finding out they would be having triplets at 12 weeks, the couple were then even more stunned to find out the girls would be identical at the 20-week scan
Jenni Casper 27, with her newly born triplets, Evalynn Casper, Harper-Gwen Casper and Marvella Casper
‘Now we have specific seats and bouncing chairs for them.
‘So we have three different ones and we put them in the same chair so we know which one is which.
‘If me and Jenni had to close our eyes and someone mixed them up, then it would be very difficult to work out who is who.’
James has said he thinks that is ‘amazing’, especially because multiple births don’t run in either side of their family.
‘It’s one in 200 million because they are all identical girls and they share one placenta and that was feeding them all.’
He added that the couple should make the most of their luck: ‘It’s absolutely amazing and I told Jenni she can do the lottery now.
‘If our luck is this good, then it has to keep stretching surely.
‘It’s absolutely amazing, we couldn’t be any happier really.’