GEORGE TOWN: Conceived via “test tube”, two sets of triplets give their families much to celebrate every Chinese New Year.
Assistant manager Chang Peng Hooi, 51, and his wife Goh Siew Leng, 47, recounted having to opt for a “test tube” baby after Chang discovered he had colon cancer.
“We hoped for the best and conceived all three embryos.
“My two boys and daughter were born at 37 weeks into her (Goh’s) pregnancy and they were born healthy.
“They all like different things, and therefore shopping is always fun.
“This year, my wife’s siblings who are based in China will be back for the festivities, so we will be celebrating it with them,” he said.
Chang and Goh’s 12-year-old sons Jia Sheng and Jia Jun and daughter Jia Qi go to school with another set of triplets, who also give their family cause to celebrate each year.
Wong Boon Keng, 45, and his wife Koay Mooi Shen, 43, who run a wholesale toy business, were blessed with triplets Yin Rou, Yin En and Yin Han via in-vitro fertilisation 12 years ago.
“We consider them miracle babies because they were born premature and although we did have many hospital visits when they were young, they are now three healthy girls.
“We wanted another child as our eldest daughter was turning seven then but we could not conceive.
“We did not realise we would have triplets but it has been a pleasant surprise.
“They are all very different from each other and we also have a younger daughter who is 10, so it is a house full of girls for us.
“Chinese New Year shopping is always a full day event,” said Koay.
Koay said the family usually visits a temple or a tourist site during Chinese New Year.
“Maybe this year we will go to Chew Jetty.
“We seldom visit relatives as everyone comes over to our place,” she said.
When asked if it was an interesting experience having both sets of triplets in the same school, Chang said it was fun as they have been in the same school since Year One and some of them have also been classmates.
Source – TheNation