A SAME sex couple in South Africa are thought to be the first in the region – and possibly the world – to become parents to triplets, which contain a set of identical twins, using a surrogate.
The couple, Christo and Theo Menelaou, have now taken their triplets back home to Pretoria after a nerve-wracking three weeks in hospital, where the babies hovered between life and death.
They were delivered prematurely at just over 31 weeks on 2 July.
Joshua was the first triplet born by caesarean and was the heaviest, weighing 1.82kg (4lbs), Zoe came next, weighing 1.4kg (3.1lbs), and finally Kate followed at just 1.3kg (2.9lbs).
Joshua, also the longest of the trio, measured only 40cm (less than 16ins). They were put on breathing apparatus and constantly monitored until they were considered strong enough to leave Sunninghill Hospital in Johannesburg.