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19th Aug 2019

Woman taken to hospital with kidney stones, gives birth to triplets

Jade Hayden


A woman who was taken to hospital with what she thought was kidney stones has given birth to triplets.

Dannette Giltz attended the emergency room in a South Dakota hospital on August 10 complaining of a severe pain in her abdomen.

She had had kidney stones before so she presumed that they were the cause of the pain. She was brought to the ER to undergo emergency surgery to have the stones removed, when doctors discovered that she was in labour.

“I started getting pains, I figured it was kidney stones because I’ve went through them before,” she told KOTA-TV.

“You don’t ever see triplets being conceived naturally, let alone going 34 weeks without knowing. So, everyone’s like, I can’t believe it. We’re still in shock, trust me.

“I go to the doctor’s thinking I’ll have surgery for kidney stones and end up going into labour with a c-section that night. It’s crazy.”

Doctors originally thought that Giltz was pregnant with twins. It was only when they delivered the first two babies that they realised there was, in fact, a third.

The babies were born that night, each weighing about four pounds. Giltz and her husband Austin named the arrivals Blaze, Gypsy and Nikki.

Friends of the family have since set up a fundraiser in order to raise money to help the pair with their unexpected new children.

They have already raised over €1,200.

Images via Facebook.