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The rare set of identical triplets born at Willis-Knighton South and the Center for Women’s Health in Shreveport have been released from the hospital and are at home with their family.
Averin Lamont Harris, Amir Jaquez Harris and A’dez Lavonte Harris were born Jan. 13 by Cesarean section. Their mother, Auset Champion, said the boys have progressed well since then, and their personalities are beginning to show.
“Averin and A’dez cry a lot,” she said. “But Amir is more laid back. Averin is the greedy one. Adez likes to pull his hat over his eyes. And Amir sleeps all the time.”
The triplets were born at 33 weeks and stayed in the neonatal intensive care unit after their birth. The staff monitored their weight, their lung functions and their feeding instincts, among other things, until they were fully developed.
Champion said the hardest part came when she was released from the hospital two days after the boys were born. “It was difficult, getting back and forth,” she said. “I was very emotional because I couldn’t see them as much as I wanted to.”
The triplets join their mother, father Derrick Harris, and older brother, 22-month old Trenston Young. Champion said they are looking forward to “some peace and quiet” and spending a few months together just bonding as a family. After that, Champion plans to return to Grambling State University and pursue a degree in psychology.
At the time of the birth, Dr. Betsy LeRoy, the obstetrician who delivered the babies, said at a news conference that natural, identical triplets happens so rarely that there are no good statistics on the occurrence. She estimated the odds of it happening at 1 in 1 million or higher.