California couple conceives rare identical triplets - KATV - Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports

California couple conceives rare identical triplets

Posted: Updated:

 SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Doctors at a Northern California hospital say a couple has given birth to a rare set of naturally conceived identical triplets.

 The Sacramento Bee reports ( ) Abby, Brin and Laurel Hepner were born Nov. 22 at Sutter Memorial Hospital to Hannah and Tom Hepner, of Quincy.

 The triplets were produced when a single, fertilized egg split into three.

 Dr. William Gilbert, director of Sutter Women's Services, says the odds of producing identical triplets without fertility drugs range from 1-in-1-million to 1-in-100-million.

 He said the rarity makes it difficult to more accurately calculate the frequency of such births.

 Abby weighed 3 pounds, 2 ounces; Brin 3 pounds, 11 ounces; and Laurel 4 pounds.

 The triplets are still in the hospital until they can maintain body temperature and eat properly.