Two gay men, Justin Ruehs and his husband Adam Smeets transmitted their genetic material to their children in a rare IVF pregnancy, Daily Mail reports.
The men were delivered of triplets, two girls and a boy by their surrogate in June.
According to the CBS Chicago, “Emmett, the couple’s son, has Smeets’ DNA while the girls, Harper and Collins, share Ruehs.”
The couple who met online spent four years trying to be parents. In the process, they went through five IVF transfers, one miscarriage and worked with three surrogates before their successful triplet pregnancy.
For this last pregnancy, they had two embryos transferred to the surrogate’s uterus after being told that the odds of a successful implantation were 50 per cent.
“The technician told us that we had three heartbeats and embryo A had split into twins!” Ruehs told Gay Times.
“Out loud I said, ‘What do you mean there are three? We only put in two?’ After the initial surprise wore off we were elated and thankful that we were pregnant.”
According to the New York Daily News a South African couple Theo and Christo Menelaou, had a similar experience this summer.
They too had three babies, including identical twins, after both providing sperm to fertilize the eggs.
Ruehs and Smeets were granted leave from work to be able to take care of their babies
“We represent that gay couples have families, and families are not defined as just one thing or another,” Smeets said. “It comes in many different shapes and sizes,too.”
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