Woman Rushed To Hospital With Suspected Kidney Stones Gives Birth To Triplets
Even with half a year's notice, there's only so much parents can do to prepare themselves for the bombshell that is triplets.
But spare a thought for a couple in the US, who went to the hospital expecting to be rid of a few kidney stones, and ended up gaining three new family members.
Dannette and Austin Giltz, from Sturgis, South Dakota, already had a son and a daughter, but in the space of four minutes, Dannette gave birth to three four-pound babies via c-section.
This is all the more shocking, given that Dannette had no idea she was pregnant whatsoever.
Speaking to KOTA TV, Dannette said: "I started getting pains, I figured it was kidney stones because I've went through them before."
But doctors dashed Dannette's preconceptions, advising her she was going into labour and could expect twins. Scarcely able to comprehend what was going on, having given birth to two unexpected babies in a matter of minutes, Dannette was then told she was in fact having triplets.
She said: "It was quiet, we thought they were done. He's (Austin) over there, kind of like rocking like, thinking of the names and then she's like well we need another blanket and his reaction is like excuse me, put it back, no, I was told I have twins, I'm not doing triplets.
"She's like no, there's three babies in here, there's triplets."
The names that Austin hastily came up with were Blaze, Gypsy, and Nikki, and the now father-of-five said he has been overwhelmed by the whole thing.
He said: "Once we left the hospital, she's out of the hospital, I know she's okay. I'm overwhelmed honestly, it's still exploding in my head."
Dannette added that everyone she has spoken to has been dumbfounded by the news - a reaction she of all people can relate to.
She said: "You don't ever see triplets being conceived naturally, let alone going 34 weeks without knowing. So, everyone's like I can't believe it, I'm like we're still in shock, trust me, we know what you mean like I go to the doctor's thinking I'll have surgery for kidney stones and end up going into labour with a c-section that night. It's crazy."
In fact, the only person seemingly not surprised by the triplets is the Giltz' 10-year-old son Ronnie, who claimed he always knew the day would come.
He said: "One time I seen a shooting star and I wished for a baby brother, and I wished for like two sisters for my little sister because she always wanted a little sister, I knew this day was always going to come."
Shame Ronnie didn't pipe up early so his parents could get prams and stuff sorted, eh?
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