Triplets at Ban Don Yang The First Triplets at Ban Don Yang

 - Saw Ku, Saw Kah and Saw Ky survive the odds

Ban Don Yang is a refugee camp located on the Thai-Burmese border. In the camp, ARC provides health care and other services to refugees who have fled Burma.

Saw Ku, Saw Kah, and Saw Ky are the first and only triplets to be born at Ban Don Yang. They’re healthy, energetic, and beautiful six-month old boys. You’d never suspect they all weighed less than 3.5 pounds at birth.

Naw Sah Lee, the boys’ mother, had been under constant care and observation at the ARC clinic throughout her pregnancy. She was having a difficult time, but Naw was so excited to be having what she thought were twins. When her blood pressure shot up one day, Naw was suddenly in danger of losing both her babies.

Hurried to the Hospital

ARC staff rushed Naw down the mountainside to the hospital. But when they arrived they found the roof of the operating room had been removed. Naw needed an emergency c-section, but they had to find another hospital. They made a mad dash to the next nearest hospital.

A c-section was underway within an hour of Naw’s arrival at the next hospital. The doctor quickly delivered Saw Ku and Saw Kah - very small but healthy. 

Imagine Naw’s surprise when the doctor spotted another foot. And then the baby who belonged to that foot. Somehow, on the ultrasound months before, Saw Ky had hidden behind his two brothers. Naw had, not two, but three baby boys.

Returning Home

After they were sure the boys were strong enough, Naw and her husband left the hospital and returned to Ban Don Yang with the triplets. Saw Ku, Saw Kah, and Saw Ky met their two older brothers for the first time, and the camp happily welcomed their three newest members.

Naw continues to bring the boys into the ARC clinic for check-ups. Staff also checks to make sure this mother of five has enough time to keep herself healthy. The whole family is doing well.

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