Couple Have Two Sets Of Triplets After Turning To IVF After Years Of Failing To Conceive, It Was Rare Case, Around One In 9,000
Courtney Garrett, 38, and her husband Philip, 42, after years of fertility sᴛʀᴜɢɢʟᴇs which left them fearing they might never have children at all.
Courtney Garrett, 38, and her husband Philip, 42, have six kids after years of fertility sᴛʀᴜɢɢʟᴇs which left them fearing they might never have children at all. But after the surprise of having a second set of triplets, the parents say they are excited and have an ‘amazing house that is always full of life after years tried. Courtney and Philip welcomed their first trio in September 2009 after Courtney had two embryos implanted, one of which split. They decided to have another round of IVF in the hope of giving triplets Jack, Oliver and Ellie a younger sibling.
Courtney had a single embryo implanted and was stunned when an ultrasound revealed she was expecting triplets again. It was rare case, around one in 9,000 pregnancies results in triplets, but the chance of an embryo splitting and resulting in a multiple birth increases with fertility ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ. When this happens the siblings are identical as they have all come from the same egg.
Overjoyed mum-of-six Courtney, of New Orleans, Louisiana said:
“I never ever thought we would be in this situation. Going through IVF was very emotionally draining and we started to feel like, ‘Is this ever going to work? Are we ever going to get the chance to be parents?When we found out we were having the first set we were ecstatic. We were just like, ‘How did this happen?”
But since the girls – Vivienne and Wells and their fraternal sister Georgie – were born in February 2017. It has been really cool to see how wonderfully the older triplets have adapted to having their three new sist
The couple’s fertility doctor Sissy Sartor, of The Fertility Institute, said she has never seen a case like the Garrett’s.
She said: “Two sets of triplets makes Courtney a special case. The second set of triplets occurred with a transfer in 2016 of a single embryo. It turns out she conceived not only with the transferred embryo but also from an ovulated egg. During my career, I have had a handful of identical twins after fertility ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ, but to have two splitting events with embryo transfer with the same ᴘᴀᴛɪᴇɴᴛ, I have not experienced that before.”