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Hurst family welcomes triplets

Brandy and Eric Hurst planned to have just one more child, but at Brandy’s seven-week ultrasound they were in for quite a surprise—the Port Haywood couple was suddenly expecting triplets.

Leighton, Lincoln and Parker were born July 7 at VCU Health in Richmond, nine weeks early. Leighton and Lincoln are identical and they weighed 2 pounds, 15 ounces and 2 pounds, 8 ounce, respectively, at birth. Parker is the fraternal brother and he weighed 2 pounds, 14 ounces when he was born.

Lincoln and Parker stayed at VCU for five weeks and Leighton stayed for eight weeks due to experiencing two brain bleeds. The bleeds stopped fluid from leaving his brain so the medical staff at VCU inserted a shunt into a ventricle in his brain which drains the old fluid.

According to Brandy, Leighton has improved by “leaps and bounds” since leaving the hospital. The triplets have had to undergo physical, occupational and speech therapy. Lincoln and Parker are evaluated once every month and Leighton is...

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