After going from a family of two to a family of five with their first pregnancy, this triplet family then found out their babies were actually making medical history!
A frightening diagnosis
Little Hunter, Jackson and Kaden Howard, from New York in the US, are the first-known case of triplets who were all born with the rare birth defect, craniosynostosis – where the bones in a newborn’s skull fuse together too early. Craniosynostosis affects an estimated one in every 2,500-3,000 births and the condition can result in brain damage if left untreated.
Born in October 2016, doctors noticed within a few days that something wasn’t quite right with the little boys’ skulls. Kaden’s head was a triangle shape with a pointy forehead, while Jackson and Hunter had skulls that protruded in the back.
Needless to say, this gorgeous trio’s parents were extremely worried about their precious little miracles. At just 11 weeks of age, all three baby boys underwent surgery to try and correct the condition.
“It was scary,” 38-year-old mum Amy told TODAY, and husband Mike, 41, admits that he was “very freaked out”.
“Any time you have to put the baby [in an operating room], it’s a little crazy.”
Big surgery for the tiny brothers
During the boys’ operations, surgeons made small incisions on each of their heads, then used an endoscope and a harmonic scalpel to cut out a strip of bone and remove the fused seam.
Amazingly, all three of the boys were home just two days after their surgery! For the next six to nine months, they must wear orthotic custom-made helmets 23 hours a day to help mold their skulls.
“It took them a little bit of time to adjust, but they don’t give me any problems taking them off or putting them back on at all,” Amy says, adding that their head shapes are already back to normal, which is fantastic news!
After such an overwhelming start to family life, we wish this gorgeous family all the best as adorable little Hunter, Jackson and Kaden recover and grow up to be strong, healthy little boys.
If you are concerned that your baby may have a condition like craniosynostosis, be sure to visit your GP for a professional opinion.
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