Sometimes the biggest blessings in life are the ones you never even dreamed were possible.
“I never expected this to happen to me,” said 26-year-old Haley Hassan about the recent births of her 5-month-old identical triplets, Cami, Keeley and Kiley. “I am extremely blessed. This is what God wanted and God is the one I have to thank.”
Thirty-three-year-old dad, David Flick, feels the same way.
“I couldn’t have imagined this would happen in a million years,” said Flick. “As soon as they were delivered I got to be there and take pictures and I thought wow, three different kids, three different beds…”
A couple for seven years, Hassan and Flick of Findlay decided to expand their family, which at the time included David’s child, 11 year-old Caitlen, and their 2-year-old daughter Kenley. Little did they know, their wishes for a third child in their lives would be multiplied by three.
Flick said upon receiving the news during an early ultrasound visit that “there are three heartbeats in there,” he was so shocked he had to ask for a trashcan. Family and friends didn’t believe the couple when they tried to explain what was ahead of them. “Everyone thought we were joking,” said Flick. “The chances of having identical triplets is extremely rare.. about one in 100 million chance of having identical triplets, coming from the same fertilized egg sharing one placenta.”
Hassan and Flick feel so blessed by the experience of their triplets’ births that they downplay the rough road they have all been through. Born ten weeks early, the triplets were delivered by emergency C-section during Haley’s closely-monitored 30th week of pregnancy at Toledo Hospital. Kiley and Keeley weighed in at 5.9 and 5.10 lbs, but Cami who has IUGR (Intrauterine Growth Restriction) weighed in just over the 1 pound mark. “She was so tiny they had to put her on a pillow to be held,” said Flick.
Kiley and Keeley encountered heart valve issues initially, but Cami, the weakest of the three, also suffers from thyroid and brain development issues, and has to see numerous medical specialists. All three use heart monitors at home. “All of the babies are doing well and Cami is feisty and such a fighter,” said Hassan. “She’s so strong and has gone through so much, but continues to pull through everything.”
Feelings of gratitude
According to Flick, the extended family has pulled together to help care for the triplets and to give the couple much needed breaks.
Flick’s mother and Hassan’s sister and parents have all pitched in with the work. “It has made me a better and more patient person,” Flick said. “I am more open now in allowing my family to help out. I also spend a lot more time at home-at first you think, ‘Oh my God, it’s going to be super hard’, but it’s not that bad. They’re good babies. I have good communication with Haley and let her rest when she is physically drained.”
Hassan says the attitude that has gotten them through the rougher days is one of gratitude and acceptance.
“I tell people this is what I get for wanting a big family,” Hassan says jokingly, and adds, “This is my life and I LOVE it. There are days I feel down (because of the triplets’ health issues), but I pull myself out because the attitude I’ve had all along is not to stress the things I cannot change. I am extremely blessed and it’s all in God’s hands.”
Interested in following updates about the Hassan/Flick triplets? The couple posts photos, videos and current news on a public Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/HassanFlickTrips