It was a memorable Memorial Day weekend at Osceola Regional Medical Center as the hospital welcomed its first set of triplets in 16 years with the arrival of three baby boys, born to Andrea Ugalde and her husband Douglas Puruncajas of Orlando.
Augustine, Matias and Nicolas came into the world on Sun., May 27, at 11:27 a.m., 11:29 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Born six weeks premature, they weighed 3 pounds, 10 ounces, 4 pounds 5 ounces and 4 pounds 3 ounces, respectively.
The babies were resting comfortably in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and doing well, according to Dr. Thomas Myles, who delivered them. The threesome marks only the second set of triplets born at Osceola Regional Medical Center in its 85-year history. The first set of triplets, who were also all boys, were born at the hospital in 2002.
The triplets were conceived naturally, using no fertility therapies. It’s estimated that the chance of having triplets is 1 in 8,100 births, and only about 30 percent of triplets are born without the use of fertility drugs. These are the first babies for Andrea. The triplets have an older half-brother who is 18.
The birth of the triplets comes less than a month after Osceola Regional opened its 18-bed Level III NICU – offering the highest level of neonatal care for babies in Osceola County. The hospital is the only medical facility to offer this level of care for children in Osceola County.
Osceola Regional recently expanded the former 10-bed Level II NICU into an 18-bed Level III NICU, bringing the total hospital bed count to 404. The NICU is staffed by Nemours Children’s Health System physicians, who also staff the nursery. Osceola Regional also offers a Pediatric Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists for high-risk pregnancies. The Level III NICU addition is part of the hospital’s multi-phase, $50 million expansion in a continued effort to meet the healthcare needs of the community.