What are the chances of identical triplets being born? One in fifty million, according to doctors at Corpus Christi Medical Center, where sisters Catalina, Ximena and Juliet were born last month.

Sylvia Hernandez and husband Roel Torrez never expected to hear news of triplets, but they embraced the challenge. Identical triplets share one placenta and umbilical cord, resulting in a risk-filled pregnancy. When presented with the news that two of the triplets would be conjoined, the couple was apprehensive.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Torrez and Hernandez spoke about the experience: “We were afraid. The doctors were telling us they might have complications,” Torrez said. “We decided to go through with it. Doctors said everything was going to be okay.”

The little girls, born by C-section, will likely require intensive hospital care, and doctors hope to separate the conjoined babies eventually. The parents remain optimistic regardless of what the future might hold.

“Me and my wife decided: God gave these babies to us for a reason and it’s a miracle that he sent them to us,” Torrez told The Washington Post. “If they don’t get separated, we don’t care because that’s what God sent us and they are our little miracles.”

The couple has set up a GoFundMe page to assist with Medical Expenses. If you would like to donate, click here.

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