Long Island hospital celebrates 1st set of triplets born since 1958

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Friday, March 10, 2023
LI hospital celebrates 1st set of triplets in 112-year history
South Shore University Hospital is celebrating its first set of triplets born in the hospital's history.

BAY SHORE, New York (WABC) -- South Shore University Hospital is celebrating a rare set of triplets born this year.

Mia, Sofia, and Brianna were born on Jan. 22 via c-section. Mom Gladiys Oliva and dad Jose Calix have their hands full with the babies whose weights at birth were: 4lbs, 0 oz; 3lbs, 13oz; and 3lbs, 11 oz.

Mia and Brianna are identical, and Sofia is a singleton and they were all conceived naturally -- a one in 10,000 occurrence.

They stayed in the NICU just two and a half weeks before going home to Lake Ronkonkoma.

The family of five returned Thursday where they were gifted with diapers from Target and a check from the staff.

"You have a long way to go, we just wanted to contribute and celebrate with you," said Dr. Quratulain Zeeshan, OB/GYN at Sun River Health.

According to the hospital it took a delivery team of 10 doctors and nurses to bring the babies into the world.

"I am so grateful to the entire staff at the hospital for bringing my babies into the world," Oliva said. "While three babies at once can seem like a lot, it is not work when you love them so much."

"It truly took a dedicated team of individuals to deliver these babies," said Jolene Muscat, MD, maternal fetal medicine, vice chair, department of obstetrics and gynecology at SSUH. "I'd like to thank Gladiys for trusting us with her care and the care of her new family."

Initially the hospital said they were the first set known to be born in the hospital's 112-year history, but the hospital later clarified they are the first set known to be born since 1958.

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