'1 in a million' identical triplets born in Kansas City

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Doctors believe the odds of having identical triplets are one in a million. (WLS)

A family gave birth to three identical boys at a hospital in Kansas City last week. Doctors believe the odds of having identical triplets are one in a million.

Caleb Choge and his wife Nicole were originally told they were having twins.

"I was excited. I was quite excited actually," Caleb Choge told KMBC. "She was unsure that she could carry them, but she was very excited."

The couple got a second opinion after moving from Kenya and were told they were having triplets.

"Then I was anxious because that's a lot of babies in one go," Choge said.

Dr. Danielle Reed is a neonatologist helping the three young preemies.

"It's very rare," she said. "I mean they're only a couple days old, but so far so good. They're really lucky."

The boys were six weeks early.

"I was scared," Choge said. "I was scared how it would turn out because at that point, you have the wife of my life and the life of my three boys."

His wife Nicole decided against a cesarean section.

"That's such a rarity with multiple births," Reed said.

The boys are named Ron, Elkanah and Abishai and they're tough to tell apart.

"We're trying to figure out how we'll do it," Choge said. "Maybe we'll paint the nails blue green and yellow."

Now the family is focused on the future.

"As a dad, I have to think about how to feed my people," he said.

They've started a GoFundMe page to help with the surprise costs.

They're also thinking about how to fit all their new car seats.

"I always said I'd never get a van," Choge said. "But I think this is a humbling experience."

Nicole has been released from the hospital, but the three boys are expected to stay for another week or two.

The family also has a 2-year-old son.
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