Amber Ertley and Levi Nelson of Oneonta, Alabama had two healthy girls and were living a happy life. But, the couple found out that Amber was pregnant again. They were excited but, things changed when they went for a routine ultrasound.
The technician told them that she heard three heartbeats.
“And I said, ‘What does that mean? What do three heartbeats mean?'” Amber said.
She told Amber that she was having triplets. The triplets were all identical girls with same amniotic sac and placenta. According to some studies, identical triplets are extremely rare, and it only occurs for 1 in 200 million births.
Everything was going fine and then; Amber started showing signs of preeclampsia – a pregnancy complication that causes high blood pressure and swelling of the hands and feet.
“Up until she was in the hospital, she was up washing clothes and carrying [the two-year-old],” Nelson said.
When she was 34 weeks pregnant, she was admitted to UAB Women & Infants Center. After five days, she went into labor, and the doctors performed a C-section.
Everything was going smoothly until the delivery of her second child but, when she delivered her third triplet, Nelson saw her struggling that looked like she was having a seizure.
Then, he heard “Code Blue” and saw people running to Amber’s room. She lost a lot of blood and her heart stopped twice.
“It was the scariest moment of my life. I was afraid I was going to be bebopping home with three new babies and no momma.”, he said.
But thankfully, she managed to recover. But, two days after giving birth to triplets, she suffered more blood loss. But, she recovered again and was finally discharged on March 7.
Amber went through a lot after the delivery but, the couple thinks that everything was worthwhile.
“We are forever grateful to be a happy family together. We say every night, ‘We don’t have much, but man are we blessed with kids and the outpouring of love and support from friends and even strangers.”, Amber said.
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