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Sisters’ “magic medicine” helps smallest of identical triplets improve every day

by | Aug 18, 2014


By Dave Andrusko

triplets3No one would dispute that Maddy Selley, born 10 months ago at 1 pound 10 ounces, is a fighter. Maddy, along with her identical sisters, Riley and Ellie, arrived 12 weeks early.

While Riley and Ellie went home after two months, Maddy (the smallest) is still in Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia [CHOP] but making progress, according to FOX 29’s Dawn Timmeney. Indeed she is improving every day “and continues to amaze the team of doctors and nurses at CHOP.”

And part of that progress is precisely because of her sisters, Timmeney explains. Their mother, Brooke Selley, says “her sisters are kind of like Maddy’s magic medicine.”

“That’s when she started smiling more. And her breathing started progressing and she interacts with them,” she said. “Two identicals that come in and kind of route you on and push you forward.”

Brooke was living in England with her husband Joe, who is a captain in the British Royal Army, when she learned she was carrying triplets. Timmeney explains that Brooke wanted to have her girls in the United States. (For now she’s been living with her parents in New Jersey.)

And how fortunate that she should deliver at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where she is being treated for chronic lung disease. “Maddy couldn’t be in better hands,” Timmeney explains. “CHOP has one of the largest chronic lung disease programs in the world for newborns and infants.”

Back on October 18, the three girls arrived at just over 28 weeks. Riley and Ellie were almost identical in size– 2 pounds 9 ounces and 2 pounds 10 ounces, respectively. Naturally, as triplets, they faced an “uphill battle,” especially Maddy, “who doctors feared might not make it.” Timmeney writes.

But thanks to great doctors and her sisters’ “magic medicine,” every day Maddy gets a little closer to going home. “It’s so good, it’s such good stimulation for Maddy for the sister to be here,” Brooke says.

The goal, Timmeney concludes, “is to get little Maddy healthy enough to make the flight to London, so the young family can be reunited.”

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