Mothers are often faced with gut-wrenching choices, and for Chloe Dunstan, mother of three boys, her fourth pregnancy was no different. At 28 weeks, after learning that she was expecting triplets, two boys and a girl, she also learned that the girl wasn’t getting enough nutrition in the womb. \
The two boys were doing just fine, but doctors told Chloe that her baby girl wouldn’t make it unless she delivered early. They gave her two choices: give birth to all three triplets early or carry the two boys to term. Doctors warned that delivering early would likely cause complications for all three triplets, but Chloe refused to sacrifice her baby girl.
On July 3rd, months before her due date, she delivered Henry, Rufus and Pearl. As the doctors expected, the two boys had an easier time than Pearl. They both weighed about three pounds. Pearl, on the other hand, weighed only one and a half, and doctors often doubted she would make it. While all three of the triplets needed blood transfusions, Pearl also fought off an infection, a brain bleed and issues with her liver.
An issue with her heart managed to resolve itself, but doctors also had to treat metabolic bone disease. Chloe reported on Facebook that, at times, watching her daughter struggle was difficult, but taking the triplets home to meet their three older brothers reaffirmed her decision to deliver early. She’s taking a few months off to recover and take care of newborns Henry, Rufus and Pearl.