Identical triplets born in Boston and North Carolina

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Giving birth to identical twins is unlikely enough-- but identical triplets are a one-in-a-million phenomena. Carolyn Russo and William DeSantis beat the odds, however, when they welcomed their three baby girls at the end of April: Aria, Riley, and Grace.

The triplets were born through an emergency C-section at a Boston hospital after just 27 weeks. They weighed just over 2 pounds each. After a month, they were transferred to a hospital in their home state of New Hampshire.

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On June 16, two of the girls were deemed fit to leave the hospital, and the third was able to go home June 18. According to Fox Boston, "The family, which already included one daughter, is ecstatic to all finally be together."

Coincidentally, another set of identical triplet girls were recently born in North Carolina. The Fradel family welcomed Grace, Stella, and Emily a little over a month ago.

How do parents Gavin and Kimberly tell the identical girls apart? They painted their toenails different colors. Another way is with a birthmark: while all three girls have one, they are in different places.

The Fradels already have one son, a two-year-old named Gavin, Jr. When mom Kimberly found out at her first doctor's appointment that she was having triplets, she said she "almost fell off the table."

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This photo courtesy of Greater Baltimore Medical Center shows identical triplets at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Baltimore. The hospital announced that Kristen Hewitt gave birth to identical triplets Oct. 6, 2015. Each of the boys weighed 3 to 5 pounds. (Courtesy of Greater Baltimore Medical Center via AP)
This photo courtesy of Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Thomas Hewitt and his wife Kristen hold their three sons, identical triplets at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Baltimore. The hospital announced that Kristen gave birth to identical triplets Oct. 6, 2015. According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, triplets generally are uncommon, and only about 10 percent of the time are they identical. Each of the boys weighed 3 to 5 pounds. (Courtesy of Greater Baltimore Medical Center via AP)
This photo courtesy of Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Thomas Hewitt and his wife Kristen look over their three sons, identical triplets, at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Baltimore. The hospital announced that Kristen gave birth to identical triplets Oct. 6, 2015. According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, triplets generally are uncommon, and only about 10 percent of the time are they identical. Each of the boys weighed 3 to 5 pounds. (Courtesy of Greater Baltimore Medical Center via AP)
This photo courtesy of Greater Baltimore Medical Center shows identical triplets at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Baltimore. The hospital announced that Kristen Hewitt gave birth to identical triplets Oct. 6, 2015. Each of the boys weighed 3 to 5 pounds. (Courtesy of Greater Baltimore Medical Center via AP)
Identical triplets Owen, left, Noah, center, and Miles Fenley are held by the their parents, Kelli and Jason Fenley, right, and Dr. Martin Chavez, left, Chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Winthrop-University Hospital, left, who helped to deliver the triplets, during a news conference in Mineola, N.Y., Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Identical triplets are very rare, occurring approximately only once in every million births, when a single egg splits into three embryos. Most multiple births are combination of identical and fraternal siblings. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Parents Jason and Kelli Fenley hold their identical triplets, Miles, right, Noah, center, and Owen Fenley, during a news conference in Mineola, N.Y., Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Identical triplets are very rare, occurring approximately only once in every million births, when a single egg splits into three embryos. Most multiple births are combination of identical and fraternal siblings. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Dr. Martin Chavez, Chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Winthrop-University Hospital, looks over identical triplet Owen Fenley, whom he helped to deliver, before a news conference in Mineola, N.Y., Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Identical triplets are very rare, occurring approximately only once in every million births, when a single egg splits into three embryos. Most multiple births are combination of identical and fraternal siblings. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A member of the Winthrop-University Hospital staff hands Jason Fenley one of his triplets, Owen, left, while he holds another, Noah, during a news conference in Mineola, N.Y., Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Identical triplets are very rare, occurring approximately only once in every million births, when a single egg splits into three embryos. Most multiple births are combination of identical and fraternal siblings. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Parents Jason and Kelli Fenley hold their identical triplets, Owen, left, Noah, center, and Miles Fenley, during a news conference in Mineola, N.Y., Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Identical triplets are very rare, occurring approximately only once in every million births, when a single egg splits into three embryos. Most multiple births are combination of identical and fraternal siblings. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
AP10ThingsToSee - Identical triplets Alexander, Nicholas and Timothy Whiteley, left to right, sleep at their home in St. Clair Shores, Mich., Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Identical triplets Alexander, Nicholas and Timothy Whiteley, bottom to top, sleep at their home in St. Clair Shores, Mich., Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. The boys were born at 34 weeks via C-section on Jan. 25. About 4,300 triplet births are recorded each year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But these births are rarer because the triplets were conceived naturally, without fertility drugs. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Lauren and Michael Whiteley sit with their boys Nolan, 2, left, Lucas, 3, and identical triplets Alexander, Timothy and Nicholas at their home in St. Clair Shores, Mich., Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. The brothers were born at 34 weeks via C-section on Jan. 25. About 4,300 triplet births are recorded each year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But these births are rarer because the triplets were conceived naturally, without fertility drugs. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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The Fradel triplets were also born through a C-section. At first, the parents were nervous about what it would be like to give birth and raise triplets. They soon saw it as a blessing. "Once we got over the initial shock and we received so much love from people, and I had a very supportive employer who, we both have had very encouraging employment situations, that we just felt like, 'OK we can do this,'" Kimberly said.

"We're not doing it by ourselves. We're doing it with the community, and a community of people who love us, love our children, and the support has just made it OK."

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