Triplets Born With Two Biological Dads Make LGBT -- & Medical -- History

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History has been made! A same-sex couple in South Africa just welcomed a set of triplets, born via surrogate, using the DNA of both fathers. They're the first triplets ever with two biological dads, and if you're wondering how that works, it's like this: Each of these new dads provided sperm to fertilize two eggs, which belonged the surrogate. The special delivery included a set of identical twin girls with the DNA of one dad and a third baby, a boy, with the DNA of the other.


Little Joshua, Zoe, and Kate are a medical first and their dads, Theo and Christo Menelaou, couldn't be more excited. While doctors encouraged them and their surrogate to abort two of the babies to increase the odds of survival for the third, all three refused to terminate. Though the infants were very tiny at birth, they're gaining weight and were allowed to leave the hospital and come home this month. 

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Proud papa Christo told Sky News:

It's very hard to be accepted for adoption and we were told we would always come after heterosexual couples. And then we just never thought we'd ever find a person who would want to be surrogate to a gay couple.

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It has to be even more joyous for these new dads to know that the connection they share with these babies is even more unique as a medical first. Plus, their story gives hope to other same-sex couples who each want to pass on their DNA to their offspring.

While they certainly could have tried separate births using the same surrogate down the line, having these three at one time has got to be thrilling -- if not a little tiring -- for the new dads. Plus, it's history. Best wishes to this growing family!


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