When you look at the photo of these recently born triplets, Kfir, Eitan and Lavi, there is a reason why it is so difficult to find the difference between them. Shlomi Dadon, the proud father recalls, “One night my wife asked me to bring Lavi. I looked at him, then I looked at him, and then I looked at him. Slowly, but surely I was able to differentiate between them.”
The chance of identical triplets being born without medical intervention is so rare, that accurate statistics don’t exist. Even the doctors who have seen it all are standing in line to get a picture with the triplets. Professor Lea Sirota, head of the Prenatal Department of the Schneider Children’s Hospital, explains that the chance of natural identical triplets being born is somewhere between one in 60 million to one in 200 million. When Meital went for a routine checkup, she was shocked to discover that there were 3 heartbeats.
She was not the only one. “The technician brought in various doctors to check and they couldn’t believe it!” The doctors were afraid that the triplets and the mother were in danger. “They didn’t think that all three had a chance to survive,” she adds. While three hospitals refused to treat them, the parents continued with the pregnancy and the triplets were born, each weighing less than 1 kilo. “The family is very supportive and they come when they can to help, “Meital explains, “But it is very difficult.” Difficult and expensive. Everything costs 3 times as much — baby food, diapers. The grandmothers immediately came to the rescue. Shula Kamchagi happily helps with whatever she can. “We feed them, change them. Whatever we can do to help. Every time we change their diapers, we have to put on a load of wash!!”
While Meital wished for twins, perhaps she wished a little too successfully. At present, the parents have no plans to expand their already expansive family.