Third Triplet Born 11 Years After Sisters

Embryos were conceived at once, but one was frozen
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2010 3:04 PM CST

(Newser) – For a baby, Ryleigh Shepherd looks a whole heck of a lot like her 11-year-old sisters Megan and Bethany—which makes sense, because technically, they’re triplets. Welcome to the miracles of modern reproduction. When health problems prevented Lisa Shepherd from conceiving naturally, she and her husband went the in vitro route. They fertilized 14 of Shepherd’s eggs, implanted two of them, and froze the rest.

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The result was a pair of twin girls. When the girls got older, the couple decided to have another baby—using the same batch of frozen eggs. “We knew that if we had another baby, it would in effect be the girls’ triplet,” Shepherd tells the Daily Mail. But it worked out. “The girls are thrilled to have a sister—and they know that she was conceived at the same time that they were, but has been in the freezer.” (Read more triplets stories.)

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