An American woman who was once told she would never have children has given birth to triplets – for the second time.
Sharon Fontana was informed by her doctor as a teenager that she could not get pregnant because of ovarian cysts.
But two years ago babies Danielle, David and Dylan were born. Now they have been joined by Elyssa, Evan and Eric.
Although Sharon and her husband Rich, from New Brunswick, New Jersey, conceived with the help of a fertility-injection drug in the first pregnancy, they said the second one was completely natural.
“They didn’t know what was in store for me,” Mrs Fontana, 28, told local newspaper the Home News Tribune.
With six little ones on their hands, the couple will go through an estimated 40 nappies a day.
“Everybody says: ’You’ll be one tired woman’,” Mrs Fontana said.
Eric, Evan and Elyssa were born by Caesarean section nine weeks and four days prematurely, and are expected to be kept in intensive care at St Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick for three to four weeks.
There were 7,110 triplet births and nearly 4.1 million total births in the US in 2003.
Dr Mark Hiatt, director of neonatoloy, at the hospital said he was unaware of figures for multiple triplet births.
“We don’t see triplets that often naturally,” he told the Home News Tribune. “It’s usually due to fertility drugs. We’re all pretty stunned by this.”
He said there had been some breathing issues as the babies were delivered but they were now “doing great“.
The smallest triplet, Elyssa, weighed in at just three pounds and 11 ounces.
Mr Fontana, a 25-year-old pipe-fitter, said the couple found out they were having triplets for a second time about three months into the pregnancy.
“Each ultrasound, they kept finding another child,” he said. “I was blown away.”
Mrs Fontana, he said, almost fainted.