Miracles happen every day, and can come in all different shapes and sizes.
Amy and Mike Howard got a HUGE surprise when they were told they were having triplets. It’s pretty rare to conceive triplets without the help of fertility drugs.
After they found out they were having triplets, they got another shock. All three boys, Hunter, Jackson, and Kaden, were born with a rare birth defect.
The triplets all shared a rare skull condition, craniosynostosis. Craniosynostosis occurs in only 1 in 2,500 births, so for all three boys to have it is unheard of.
According to the Mayo Clinic, craniosynostosis is a birth defect in which one or more of the fibrous joints between the bones of a baby’s skull (cranial sutures) close prematurely (fuse), before a baby’s brain is fully formed. Brain growth continues, giving the head a misshapen appearance.
As far as doctors know, this is the first case where all three triplets share the same rare birth defect. The defect can limit a brain to grow, so the Hunter, Jackson, and Kaden needed corrective surgery. The boys underwent surgery at just 11-weeks-old. According to Mom, the boys did great and were back home two days after their surgeries.
We wish the best to these rare triplets and their family!