Remember the World’s Unusually Rarest Triplets? Here’s How They Look 16 Years Later

July 29, 2019 Updated: August 4, 2019

When these triplets were born, two of the girls were conjoined twins, a very rare condition—making the three sisters even more extraordinary!

The three sisters Macy, MacKenzie, and Madeline, from California, are considered to be the rarest of triplets. Macy and MacKenzie were born conjoined, a condition that occurs in only 1 out of every 200,000 births.

Seen on Formerly conjoined #twins, Macey and Mackenzie, have a bright future thanks to the #love and support…

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Children's Hospital Los Angeles‎‏ في الجمعة، ١٩ يوليو ٢٠١٣

There has only been one other case like this that we know of. Unfortunately, the girls’ biological parents were unable to look after them due to a problem with addiction.

But Jeff and Darla Garrison, who lived on a farm in Iowa, very much wanted to take the girls in and became their foster parents. Although they had three sons already, they were nevertheless more than happy to welcome the girls with open arms as members of the Garrison family.

After nine months, on Sept. 10, 2003, Macy and MacKenzie, the conjoined twins, underwent a 24-hour-long surgery in order to separate them. The Garrisons thought this would give them an opportunity to live a more normal life.

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Mackenzie Garrison‎‏ في الاثنين، ١٩ سبتمبر ٢٠١٦

Though the operation was successful, each girl was left with only one leg. But with the help of custom prosthetic legs, they were still able to walk.

Two years after the surgery, the girls were officially adopted as part of the Garrison family. These girls are really brave, having been through such an ordeal at such a young age.

It really is heartening to see them happy with a loving family, who left no stone unturned for raising them together!

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Macey Garrison‎‏ في الأربعاء، ١٦ نوفمبر ٢٠١٦

Darla and Jeff wanted to give the girls the same kind of country upbringing that they had while growing up—something they now treasure. What a wonderful new addition to the Garrison family!

“The girls have succeeded through hard work and the commitment by their family. Their progression is wonderful and inspiring,” pediatric surgeon James Stein from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, who performed the multi-staged separation in 2003, told PEOPLE.

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Mackenzie Garrison‎‏ في الاثنين، ١٩ سبتمبر ٢٠١٦

“When you raise children who are handicapped in any way, when they’re surrounded by people who treat them like regular kids, that becomes how they see themselves,” Linda Kontis, co-founder of the foster care agency that placed the girls, told PEOPLE.

“It wasn’t just Darla and Jeff, they took in these girls as a family unit. And that’s why they are fabulous kids today.”

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Macey Garrison‎‏ في الاثنين، ١٢ سبتمبر ٢٠١٦

The girls, who were born in December 2002 and weighed just 2 pounds 2 ounces at birth (approx. 1 kg), have come a long way after their miraculous surgery. The loving family and the three new supportive brothers have helped them remarkably.

“We had no idea what to expect—they just needed someone to love them. We had Madeline when she was four days old and Macey and Mackenzie came to us at four weeks old,” Darla said, according to the Closer magazine.

“We’d fallen in love with them. Our boys were so happy to have three sisters,” she added.

The triplets are 16 years old now, and like any other teen, they are full of life, zeal, and enthusiasm! These are three gorgeous girls and mighty souls, indeed!

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Mackenzie Garrison‎‏ في السبت، ١٢ أغسطس ٢٠١٧

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